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    Smart, cool, yikes on rape stuff

    I really enjoyed this book and would especially recommend the audio format. The excellent podcast-like editing provides a depth and richness in the way clips original interviews were played and transcripts were read by actors, that isn’t common to all audiobooks. What I really wish, is that Gladwell had been able to treat the case of Emily Doe (the much publicized Stanford rape case) with something even resembling the empathy and awareness of systemic oppression that he was able to bring to his discussion of Sandra Bland and the careful research into the origins of the now-widespread practice of stop and search policing. Instead he kind of threw his hands up in the air and concluded that communication is wicked complicated and alcohol doesn’t make it easier and really, how is a hapless, well-intentioned, frat boy to know if he’s raping someone or what. Dude. There are really smart and prominent psychologists, sociologists and historians who study rape too, not just ones who do cool guy stuff like torture and policing. But he didn’t even bother to take a look. His expert on the matter was—I kid you not—Dear Prudence. It was pitiful and inexcusable. I wish he’d never gone there. So, rather like The Gift of Fear, here is another illuminating, mostly great, intelligent and gripping book, which, but for its most unfortunate single-chapter foray into victim-blaming, I-got-your-back-my-dude-bro misogyny, I would recommend unreservedly.
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    Malcom is a great story teller.

    He explains various concepts and ties them together in an interesting way yet the argument about transparency is weaker than what I am accustomed from his work. ( i am a big MG fan, have read all his books and listened to all seasons of Revisionist history). He is a brilliant thinker and i bought the cocepts of default to truth and coupling - finding some of the results he reported as quite enlightening of human behaviour but the transparency bit was weak. Perhaps he could have tied in thw conceptsnof mentalisation to strngthen his explanation. Indeed the behaviours of both parties in the Bland arrest is a prime example of mentalisation being switched off. Malcom in case you read these reviews- might i suggest your next journalistic endeavour be about what we as society are doing to increase rates of mental distress including anxiety disorders, depression and suicide attempts in yourh. I would liove a brain like yours to cinsider this issue. Thanks
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    Compelling end, podcast-like format is great

    In typical Gladwell fashion, it’s not clear where he’s heading with his thesis, but eventually he finish the book with a compelling argument how we should interact with strangers. The podcast-like format was really well done!
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    So interesting!

    I was unsure about this book and what it was really about, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I especially like hearing real interviews and trials, and that this book is more in a podcast type of format. Well worth the investment and the ‘listen’, I have already recommended to multiple friends!
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    Love it

    I actually really like it it's very good and it made me realize things
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