Saturday, February 15, 2020

Book recommendation: Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Having read and loved Gladwell’s books “Blink” and “The Tipping Point,” I asked for this oner for Christmas. It may be his best yet. Gladwell goes into why we are so bad at detecting liars and truth tellers, including by trained people like police and the FBI. He goes through the cases of Amanda Knox, Bernie Madoff, and Anas Montes, the Cuba spy who was a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also talks about the suicides of poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. He says (and the VA agrees) that if you take away the means, the person will not necessarily find another way to kill themselves. Both women put their heads in the over when Britain was using coal gas containing deadly CO. When they switched to North Sea Gas, the suicide rate dropped sharply. This was a fascinating book and I highly recommend it.

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