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
This book had a very intriguing premise! - Goodreads
Hmm!! Intriguing and easy to read. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

4.2999 Jon Ronson does a lot of bouncing around in this: from a mysterious book to Scientologists who want to ruin psychiatry to the "psychopath test" to misdiagnosis of mental disorders. "Madness ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Amber Taylor - Goodreads

Kinda with I could do half stars. 2.5 seems like the appropriate rating. It was fine, but I didn't particularly care for the first person narrative form of this book. I expected a non-fiction that was ... 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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