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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Babiak, Robert D. Hare Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674247
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Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not. Psychopaths may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles. In Snakes in Suits, corporate psychologist Dr. Paul Babiak teams up with psychopathy expert Dr. Robert Hare to focus on the psychopath's role in modern corporations. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world that is the perfect breeding ground for these employees. Snakes in Suits reveals psychopaths' secrets, introduces the ways in which they manipulate and deceive, and helps listeners see through their games. It is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment, teaching you how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques to business processes. It's a must listen for anyone in the business world, making you aware of the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior-before it's too late. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Clear and complete, this is a handy overview for managers and HR, with enough ‘self-defense’ techniques to help coworkers from getting bit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Clear and complete, this is a handy overview for managers and HR, with enough "self-defense" techniques to help coworkers from getting bit. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yuri Mariano | 2/2/2014

    " Superb book... Must read! ^^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/3/2014

    " Hare and Babiak are the experts in the area of psychopaths! I love readiing about personality disorders, but then again I am a psych major! There were some points when the book dragged, especially when they had a plan for employers. I don't currently own a business, and am not in business of human resources, so this part was a little slow for me. It was full of wonderful information to help people identify manipulators and harmful people in their lives. Even if the person isn't a psychopath, they might be manipulative and hurt you! Knowing how to protect yourself is important, and thanks the Hare and Babiak, I am now more informed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 12/24/2013

    " I really enjoy how the author weaves short vignettes about psychopaths in the workplace into his more intellectual discussion of the phenomenon! Excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E Goldberg | 12/15/2013

    " Good concept and the writing is 'good'. Problem is that it's kind of an academic topic. To make it more marketable it looks like the editors/publishers (?) interspersed the rather interesting facts with an episodic narrative. This fills out the text, but takes an interesting subject and converts it into a tedious read more suitable for the pre-teen set. But considering it is a 'business' book, that's probably the most appropriate reading level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 11/12/2013

    " An interesting take on those who are willing to do anything to get ahead in the workplace. We most often think of psychopaths as people who will take a hatchet and cut you up into little bits for no real reason at all. We tend to overlook the fact that most organizations have at least one person who is willing to do anything that it takes to get ahead. They may do simple things such as talking about you behind your back, or they may take an all out effort to totally discredit anyone who stands in their way. According to Babiak these people share the same aspects as psychopaths. I thought it was an interesting book. I don't know that the total concept is scientifically supported. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/4/2013

    " Most of this book deals with people in the workplace but I could see elements mentioned in people I know in life in general. Fortunately, I rate zero on the psychopath scale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 10/6/2013

    " Very interesting perspective on those people we have all worked for where you say how did this crazy one become a boss??? Wish I had read this when I was still in corporate, I really explains some folks perspectives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy Laramie | 7/22/2013

    " This book is a frustrating read. It could be consolidated and better organized! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Martin | 3/20/2013

    " very informative, the book gives you clues to look for and how to watch out for yourself and your career if you have the misfortune to work with, or worse, work for, a psychopath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcella | 12/21/2012

    " Chilling. A must read for anyone in politics. You will certainly recognize the type. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mags | 10/20/2012

    " This book is a look at psychopaths and how they differ from sociopaths, or just plain narcissists. It's a good read, with a story thrown into the mix. But there are some good tips and interesting sociological looks at people. Parts of it were dry, but overall well written and made sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 10/2/2012

    " It's a good read, and very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 5/28/2012

    " I know the authors of this book keep saying, "Don't use this book to diagnose psychopathy," but what this book taught me was that I seriously work with a lot of psychopaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Perfetto | 5/8/2012

    " I saw the author speak at a training, and I enjoyed him. This book is pretty good. Takes about the " regular guys" in the workplace who are sociopathic and the behaviors one might see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny Thomas | 2/10/2012

    " Put the book down before finishing - something I don't like to do! But this book was more focused in private industry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Choi | 10/29/2011

    " A great look into the mind of the kind of person who can completely ruin your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Koontz | 9/20/2011

    " How to identify psychopaths in your office. Very interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 7/30/2011

    " This book provides a very eye-opening view of the pschopathic personalities that run our coororations and of our government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/30/2011

    " This book was very informative, but could have been written in 50 pages or less. There were many themes that we restated over and over again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 6/19/2011

    " This book is a frustrating read. It could be consolidated and better organized! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/30/2011

    " A Must Read for anyone who is getting the run-around at work and does not know why. ALSO - if the psychopath claims any kind of ADA reasonable accommodation, then you should just quit the job. Don't ask me how I found this out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/26/2011

    " Hard to believe, but they do exist out there and justice may never catch with up them. Just recognize them and adjust yourself accordingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mags | 1/21/2011

    " This book is a look at psychopaths and how they differ from sociopaths, or just plain narcissists. It's a good read, with a story thrown into the mix. But there are some good tips and interesting sociological looks at people. Parts of it were dry, but overall well written and made sense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 12/23/2010

    " I didn't realize this was going to be a cross between a business book and a pop psychology/self-help book, otherwise I would have never picked it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 12/17/2010

    " Don't bother. The writing didn't grip me. Read like a repetitive text book for an into to Psychology Gone Awry class. I was expecting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reza | 7/20/2010

    " Versi pria untuk "The Devil Wears Prada"? Hehe, jauh. Buku ini mungkin cocok untuk perempuan yang gemar mencari definisi baru untuk tiap kata di otaknya. Usaha yang bagus untuk mendefinisikan ulang apa itu psikopat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/14/2010

    " Most of this book deals with people in the workplace but I could see elements mentioned in people I know in life in general. Fortunately, I rate zero on the psychopath scale! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 6/25/2010

    " This is a real readable study of the psychopathic personality. You will be left with a greater awareness of the degrees of this kind of personality as well as tools to detect them. "

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About the Author

Paul Babiak, PhD, is an industrial and organizational psychologist and president of HRBackOffice, an executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in management development and succession planning. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. He lives in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?