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The Psychopath Test (Hardcover)

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While Norman Bates may be everyone’s favorite psychopath, he’s too tortured to be typical. The more common psychopath, according to Jon Ronson’s humorous, fascinating, and frightening The Psychopath Test, can be highly manipulative, very accomplished, and charming – traits common to many CEOs and politicians.

After being drawn into a hoax perpetrated on a group of top scientists, Ronson decided to explore the world of the psychopath. His quest brings him from a scientific conference, to Broadmoor Prison, to the home of the legendary ex-CEO of Sunbeam Corporation

Jon Ronson read a segment of The Psychopath Test on This American Life, but even if you heard it, you won’t regret reading this highly entertaining book.

~Burt

— From Burt's favorites

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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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About the Author


Jon Ronson s works include "The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones," and "Them: Adventures with Extremists" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats" both international bestsellers. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594488016
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Publication Date: May 12th, 2011
Pages: 288