"Talking to Strangers is a must-read...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, O, The Oprah Magazine
"Powerful advice on truly getting to
know others...Gladwell brilliantly argues that
we should stop assuming, realize no one's transparent and understand that
behavior is tied to unseen circumstances."
—People, Book of the Week
"Gladwell has again delivered
a compelling, conversation-starting read...At a time when the world feels intractably
polarized, a book examining the varying ways we misinterpret or fail to
communicate with one another could not feel more necessary...With a mix of
reporting, research and a deft narrative hand, Gladwell illuminates these
examples with the page-turning urgency of a paperback thriller."
—Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Gladwell's towering success rests on the moment when the skeptic starts to think that maybe we're wrong about everything and maybe, just maybe, this Gladwell guy is onto something...Talking to Strangers is weightier than his previous titles."—Amy Chozick, New York Times
"Gladwell uses compelling real-world examples to show the how and why behind our interactions with folks we're trying to understand."
—Rhett Power, Forbes
"Gladwell's case studies are thrilling...Chock-full
of gripping anecdotes from the recent and forgotten past. He uses these
riveting stories to offer up bite-size observations about how we engage with
—Maggie Taft, Booklist
"Another Gladwell tour de force...intellectually stimulating...Readers expecting another everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong page-turner will not be disappointed."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Both fascinating and topical...A thoughtful treatise...Gladwell writes in his signature colorful, fluid, and accessible prose."
"Gladwell interviews brilliant people, generates powerful
insights, writes like an angel, and has earned a massive and admiring audience.
He has a keen eye and a witty flair and he's one of the best observationalists
of a generation. Gladwell is a big-picture thinker who helps us make sense of
the human condition."
—Bob Brisco, WebMD Magazine
"As always, with his narrative gift and eye for the telling detail,
Gladwell peppers his work with unforgettable facts... He has immense gifts--a
probing, original, questioning mind, an ability to dig up information others
haven't considered and tie it to a broader point. He has a narrative skill
—Stephen Galloway, Hollywood Reporter
"Engaging...Mr. Gladwell [presents] a mountain of quirky anecdotes and
interesting research about our blunders with strangers, and why we make
them...It's fascinating to peek at these incidents through Mr. Gladwell's
—Leigh Anne Focareta, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Inspiring and motivating...Gladwell is a wunderkind and a saint...He takes on racial division, incompatible perspectives, and emotional dissonance
without ever sounding preaching or proud. The stories make you think."
—John Brandon, Daily Beast
"Superb writing. Masterful structure."
—Pilita Clark, Financial Times (UK)