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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book that [is] as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Engrossing…This book brings droll wit to buoy this fascinating journey through ‘the madness business.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Author/narrator Ronson’s likable personality makes the listening easy. All his wry humor, sarcasm, and droll wit are evident in his narration.”

    AudioFile

  • “A masterful storyteller who shares a compelling tale about a quest for information.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cole | 5/19/2011

    " Being as I studied Psychology for my Bachelors this book intrigued me. The anecdotes were humorous and fun to hear, but the storyline and the purpose were convoluted and seemingly unresolved. Poor overall structure and wrap-up but overall good humor and interesting topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marziah | 5/19/2011

    " This was a fascinating book, but it tended to be a bit disjointed in places. This was obviously a stylistic choice, but sometimes it just seemed rambly and unfocused. That said, it was a page-turner, and I wanted to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 5/19/2011

    " Fascinating, wide-ranging book that raises great questions...and then questions all the answers.
    It's also funny, engaging, and hard to put down. I'm recommending it to everyone (and then we'll talk about people we know who just might score too high...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ghostchaser | 5/17/2011

    " scary to thing that psychology is almost a pseudoscience, as reported by Jon Ronson. We are all a few check marks away from being labeled a Psychopath.

    It is a fun listen, Jon Ronson narration was good. "

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About the Author
Author Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker. His books Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats were both international bestsellers—the second released as a major motion picture in 2009. Ronson lives in London.