The Psychopath Test

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 3, 2011 - Humor - 304 pages
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What if society wasnít 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 Jonís 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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Title a little misleading but enjoyed the book

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The book is a fascinating read and also very entertaining. I was disappointed to discover that the book, despite being titled "The Psychopath Test", does not contain the actual psychopath test which I ... Read full review

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This is typical Ronson fodder, and a gripping read. Anyone who harbours doubts about their manager or company, especially American ones, should read this. Or if you have doubts about psychiatry and psychopathy. This is not a demolition, but a thoughtful journey gonzo-fashion through a secretive and largely closed world. 

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About the author (2011)

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of three bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Psychopath Test, and three collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness, and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. He lives in London and New York City.

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