Talking to Strangers

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading a Malcolm Gladwell book, please do yourself a favor. Historically, I have not been an avid reader. My eyes tend to get really heavy after a few chapters. I first read Outliers by Gladwell a while back. Ever since I finished that book, I was hooked by his writing style. During this pandemic, I needed to get my eyes off of social media and the news cycles. I came across Talking to Strangers at a local book store (they still exist!). This book got me thinking from the first chapter.

Gladwell takes us through history depicting ways we, as human-beings, perceive others we do not know. This is so fascinating. Think about some of the more known stories such as Neville Chamberlain’s relationship with Adolf Hitler. Because he had the opportunity to look Hitler in the eye and share a drink with him, Chamberlain thought he had knowledge the rest of the World didn’t. In the end, his relationship actually blinded him. As Gladwell cleverly stated, we tend to “default to truth” rather than facts.

I highly recommend reading Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. It is one of the first books that I got “lost” in. I rarely go more than 10 pages without taking a break. I got through over 40 pages in one sitting. To others, that may be standard procedure. To me, that is a HUGE feat.