The Best—or Worst—Wrong Answer

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By now we all probably know about the “trolley problem,” but if you haven’t heard of it, or simply need a refresher, you can read about it here. In any case, the trolley problem is a classic moral dilemma in which you, playing the role of the bystander, are forced to choose an action (or lack thereof) that will lead to death, regardless of the choice you decide.


These types of dilemmas and prompts are not only great for a good conversation around the dinner table, or at happy hour, but they also make for one great book. In Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell not only sticks to one singular narrative, which is very un-Gladwellian, but he also addresses the moral dilemma of war and how one group of men sought to fight it.