The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test

Book rating: 05 Paperback Picador

By (author) Jon Ronson

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330492276
  • ISBN 13: 9780330492270
  • Sales rank: 1,196

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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'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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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.

Customer reviews

By Michael Elliott 24 Dec 2013 5

Deep and insightful, yet very entertaining and strangely funny. Ronson's ability to keep you enthralled for page after page is spellbinding. Go on, read it......you will not be disappointed.

By Geraldine Headley 09 Feb 2012 5

I couldn't put this down, so much to learn and keep clear of! Lots of humor and well written.

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'I began The Psychopath Test late at night, tired, dispirited and ill - then found myself laughing like the proverbial loon for page after page' Will Self, Guardian 'The belly laughs come thick and fast - my God, he is funny ... Ronson's new book is provocative and interesting, and you will, I guarantee, zip merrily through it' Observer