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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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The Psychopath Test
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4.2 / 5
February 10th, 2015
Well written and insightful....ronson makes you question what is labelled as insane, healthy, normal, or different.
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Kinda Boring
June 14th, 2014
It was not what I thought. I couldn't finish it. Blah.
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True to form
April 29th, 2014
I enjoy Ronson's investigative and writing style. The book feels like he's sitting across from you, telling the tale of his adventures. He takes you on his journey of discovery, guiding you through the twists and turns of his experience. He never claims to know it all. He meets everyone he interviews with open sincerity and learns from them.
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March 10th, 2014
Very informative and is interesting to read about some of the experiments done with psychopaths.
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January 22nd, 2014
very insightful and well written jon ronson is always a joy to read, have read many of his other books and they never fail to make me laugh!
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January 3rd, 2013
Pretty pretty good
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