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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