Gladwell serves up another spellbinding book. A judge has a few minutes to evaluate a defendant: bail or no bail? This face-to-face encounter should help the judge decide, but a computer algorithm turns out to be a better predictor of reliability. Scores of people who met Bernie Madoff found him trustworthy. Police officers and civilians make snap judgments about each other that can turn out to be horribly wrong. Neville Chamberlain met Adolph Hitler and was sure his word was good. With his uncanny ability to make scholarly data not only accessible but engrossing, Gladwell explores what we know – and don’t know – about strangers.
-Banna— From Banna's New Recs
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"The latest intellectually stimulating book from the acclaimed author. Every few years, journalist Gladwell assembles serious scientific research on oddball yet relevant subjects and then writes a bestseller. Readers expecting another everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong page-turner will not be disappointed...Another Gladwell tour de force."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A thoughtful treatise...Gladwell writes in his signature colorful, fluid, and accessible prose...Both fascinating and topical."—Publishers Weekly