Malcolm Gladwell's taking it on trust

Author Malcolm Gladwell has a bestselling new theory to share

05 January 2020 - 00:00 By Kate Sidley

Sandra Bland, an African-American woman, is on a Texas highway. A police car accelerates up behind her and she moves over to let it pass, failing to indicate. Using that small infringement as an excuse, the cop pulls her over. Their interaction escalates, she is arrested and put in jail. Three days later, she kills herself. This high-profile story opens Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know.

It is the first of a series of stories in which, writes Malcolm Gladwell, "the parties involved relied on a set of strategies to translate one another's words and intentions. And in each case, something went very wrong."..

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