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They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry.

When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath — a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.

Along the way, Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.

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"Because of Ronson's relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it's easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research." The Boston Globe

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"A rollicking, page-turner of a book...no ordinary piece of investigative journalism....Ronson's storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer." San Francisco Chronicle

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"A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched." Los Angeles Times

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"Engagingly irreverent." New York Times

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"[A] fascinating and humane book." Washington Post Book World

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"Both terrifying and hilarious." O, The Oprah Magazine

Synopsis:

In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.

Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

About the Author

Jon Ronson's works include The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats — both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London.

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Taylor Thorne, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Taylor Thorne)
Perfectly pitched humor about the wacky world of psychiatry. Are you a psychopath? I don't know, but you'd be crazy to not read this laugh out loud book.
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Thomas Kirby, July 23, 2012 (view all comments by Thomas Kirby)
An interesting book, with the author alternately questioning the validity and/or accuracy of the sciences of psychiatry and psychology, the sanity of our government and corporate leaders, centering on the subject of this book, the Hare Checklist. He gives us plenty of questions, but leaves the reader unsure as to his ultimate conclusions. Then again, maybe it's better that we think for ourselves. One interesting section tells the story of a man in England who, when charged with a particularly malicious assault, decides to fake insanity thinking he would end up in a comfortable local facility. Ending up in Broadmoor (where the Moors Murderers were imprisoned), he then tries to convince the doctors that he is sane, easier said than done.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594485756
Subtitle:
A Journey through the Madness Industry
Author:
Ronson, Jon
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Subject:
History
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594485756 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Because of Ronson's relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it's easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research."
"Review" by , "A rollicking, page-turner of a book...no ordinary piece of investigative journalism....Ronson's storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer."
"Review" by , "A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched."
"Review" by , "Engagingly irreverent."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating and humane book."
"Review" by , "Both terrifying and hilarious."
"Synopsis" by , In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.

Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

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