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LWV Needham 2020 Book Review
Monday, March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
MEETING WILL BE BY ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCE.
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell is… “…a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers — and why they often go wrong” How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true? “Something is very wrong,” Gladwell suggests, “with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.” As you read, you are encouraged to think about our conversations today with strangers (and the who, what, when, where, why, and how): people who have very different opinions, different age groups, some leaders who are known to lie, social media exchanges, and how we advocate for our beliefs and values. Please join us! Open to all members. RSVP to Harriet Goldin. Harriet will then send a list of topics from the book for each LWV participant to choose to briefly summarize with group discussion to follow. Note: The book can be borrowed from the library or purchased at Amazon: Hardcover $15.00; Paperback $13.15 plus shipping; Kindle $15.99; or used books. In the audiobook version, you’ll hear the voices of people Gladwell interviewed; i.e. scientists, criminologists, military psychologists.