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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Overall, Ronson's piece is quick and easy to read. - Goodreads
The ending was also somewhat anti-climactic and abrupt. - Goodreads
It was a good page turner. - Goodreads
The writing style of Jon Ronson is incredible. - Goodreads
Interesting premise and at times an interesting read. - Goodreads
Hmm!! Intriguing and easy to read. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

I found this book, while very interesting, to be a little scattered. The ending was also somewhat anti-climactic and abrupt. I like short stories so I actually enjoyed all the individual stories he ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ian March - Goodreads

Not what I expected. I feel I understand Jon Ronson better and would classify this book as a memoir. Very enjoyable. 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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