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Asking THOSE PEOPLE: New books spotlight 20 years of taboo cross-cultural questions

The Why Are They Like That? 12-book series finally pulls together the best content from a 20-year global project to get real people, experts and celebrities to discuss what makes us different from each other. Silly things. Sad things. Funny things. Profound things.

Read with an open mind and we believe you’ll have a much better understanding of how to create more and real friendships, money and love. It’s that simple. (Buy the Paperback or Kindle editions at Amazon.com.)

This award-winning cultural sharing effort isn’t about trying to get ahead with diversity training. It’s meant to uplift all audiences, and should be assigned reading in college diversity courses, to better prepare students for the polarized world that awaits them.

According to the Census Bureau, non-whites will be the majority in the United States by 2045. This is about moving past talking about how to understand each other to actually talking to each other. Right now.

That’s why there’s no agenda to these books other than getting the conversation going. We can discuss studies and methods for elevating social consciousness all we want, but there is no substitute for real dialogue.

That’s where Why Are They Like That? stands apart from other books on the topic. You will see how people actually talk about race, religion, sex, disability and more. The success of the approach is proven: It’s based on the ground-breaking Y? website project (now YouDareToAsk.com), blog and column that have attracted millions of visitors and worldwide media attention.

Our hope is that by reading, you will become more comfortable asking and answering the questions yourself, expecting the unexpected in return and helping change the ground rules for how we learn about each other.

To that end, we wrap up each book in the series with our “O.U.T.L.O.U.D. Method for Dialogue,” with tips to help you start your own conversations.

And ultimately, that is what this effort is all about: Getting us talking.


Phillip J. Milano

Founder, Y? and YouDareToAsk.com

Praise for Phillip Milano, his cross-cultural sharing project and books:

  • “Quietly revolutionizing cross-cultural communication…” — Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts
  • “Tells more about who we are than you’re likely to learn from a dozen sociology texts…” — Washington Post News Service
  • “Mr. Milano has dared to open the field of debate to the maximum…” — Le Monde, Paris
  • “Even the most potentially insulting questions can be peacefully discussed…” – College Press Network
  • “(A) remarkable contribution to cross-cultural understanding…” — The (London) Guardian
  • “Both hilarious and serious…” — FOX News
  • “A very bizarre book …” – Comedian/Podcaster Marc Maron
  • “Whoa! Now for some gut-level dialogue on race…” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

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