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  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141988498
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.00

Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know




The No.1 international bestselling author back with a powerful and provocative exploration of why we so often misread other people

The routine traffic stop that ends in tragedy. The spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon. The false conviction of Amanda Knox. Why do we so often get other people wrong? Why is it so hard to detect a lie, read a face or judge a stranger's motives?

Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings - from history, psychology and infamous legal cases - Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.

No one challenges our shared assumptions like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he uses stories of deceit and fatal errors to cast doubt on our strategies for dealing with the unknown, inviting us to rethink our thinking in these troubled times.

  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141988498
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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Praise for Talking to Strangers

I love this book . . . reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news - the world. Reading this book changed me.

Oprah Winfrey

A dazzling book . . . Gladwell is a rock star of nonfiction . . . ideas are slowly revealed until the reader arrives at a conclusion they didn't expect. Gladwell is advancing ideas and, sure, they are all open to challenge . . . but they are stimulating and convincing - and you won't regret a minute you spend mastering them

Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

Superb writing. Masterful . . . bears all the marks that have made Gladwell one of the most successful non-fiction authors of his generation.

Pilita Clark, Financial Times

Fascinating . . . you should read the book . . . He's tackling the dark side of human nature - what do we ever know about other people?

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times Magazine

Malcolm Gladwell made his name bringing intellectual sparkle to everyday subjects, and his new book - about how strangers talk to each other - is no exception.

Sean O'Hagan, Observer

A wonderful provocation which Gladwell delivers like no other, an awakening to just one of the fascinations that lie in ordinary human experience . . . as ever, Gladwell's genius is in the telling.

Michael Blastland, Spectator

Taut, provocative, smart . . . Gladwell's cool, playful intelligence has made him one of our leading public thinkers

Ian Leslie, New Statesman

A book examining the ways we misinterpret or fail to communicate with one another could not feel more necessary . . . the page-turning urgency of a thriller

Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

Now that practically everybody seems to be spoiling for a fight, I have found Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers invaluable . . . His moral - to approach new people with caution and humility - has become my motto.

Marcus Field, Evening Standard

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Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath discusses his new book, Talking to Strangers. Learn More: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/talking-to-strangers-9780241351581

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