Just Who is Malcolm Gladwell?
As the host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the number-one New York Times best seller Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell has now reinvented the audiobook in his immersive production of Talking to Strangers, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don’t know. He has written five New York Times bestsellers and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.
Something is Very Wrong.
Gladwell argues that there is something wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. Because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
Examining Hard Questions
Malcolm Gladwell tackles questions like: How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true? As he explores the answers, it’s clear he was not just writing a book to read. He was also producing for the ear.
In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you’ll hear the voices of people he interviewed – scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There’s even a theme song – Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout”.
A Compelling Listen
The audiobook edition of Talking to Strangers was an instant number-one best seller and was one of the most pre-ordered audiobooks in history. It’s a completely new and very real listening experience, smoothly combining audiobooks and podcasts, and the result is thought provoking and entertaining.
Talking to Strangers is a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing out understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Listen to this gifted writer, gain some insights about trust and how we interact with other people. Download Talking to Strangers now!
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