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Talking To Strangers : What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know
In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, Malcolm Gladwell aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers -- to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
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Edition Statement :
"Step out of the car!" -- Spies and diplomats: two puzzles. Fidel Castro's revenge -- Getting to know der Führer -- Default to truth. The queen of Cuba -- The holy fool -- Case study : the boy in the shower -- Transparency. The Friends fallacy -- A (short) explanation of the Amanda Knox case -- Case study: the fraternity party -- Lessons. KSM : what happens when the stranger is a terrorist? -- Coupling. Sylvia Plath -- Case study : the Kansas City experiments -- Sandra Bland.
Physical Description :
xii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-379) and index.