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What Malcolm Gladwell gets wrong

Bad people are not always at the mercy of their environments

By Kate Womersley   November 2019
Brock Turner, the subject of one of Gladwell's essays, leaving jail © Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/TNS/Sipa USA/PA

Brock Turner, the subject of one of Gladwell's essays, leaving jail © Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/TNS/Sipa USA/PA

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book is about how we misinterpret other people. They are not always honest and easy to read, he informs us. Many of us do not need much convincing of this. Gladwell, however, insists that we do. Human beings, he argues, are too trusting and opt for the least harmful interpretation of…

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