The Psychopath Test

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 3, 2011 - Humor - 304 pages
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What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .

Combining Jon Ronson's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.

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We hate writing about boring, impenetrable people. - Goodreads
This book was as easy to read as it was worthwhile. - Goodreads
Turns out writing psychology books is complicated. - Goodreads
His prose is deceptively simple and has a light touch. - Goodreads
We journalists love writing about eccentrics. - Goodreads
Ronson is part journalist and part editorial writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

User Review  - Alan Chen - Goodreads

Ronson is part journalist and part editorial writer. His pieces are breezy, well-researched investigations that are fun to read. This book deals with psychopaths. Ronson goes from visiting psychopath ... Read full review

Review: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

User Review  - Fiona - Goodreads

I had a run-in with a psychopath once. I definitely came out worse from that encounter. But that's the thing that I just can't get my head around: once upon a time, I met a bona fide psychopath and in ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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