Malcolm gladwell, host of the podcast revisionist history and author of the #1 new york times bestseller outliers, offers 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? Talking to strangers is a classically gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history.
The book fleshes out wallace-wells’ original magazine piece in more detail, dovetailing into discussions surrounding various possibilities for earth’s future across a spectrum of predicted future temperature ranges. It argues that even with active intervention, the effects of climate change will have catastrophic impacts across multiple spheres: rising sea levels, extreme heat events, extinctions, disease outbreaks, fires, droughts, and increased geopolitical conflict, among others.