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Publisher Description

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.

Jon Ronson
hr min
May 12
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

npendleton ,

The Third Great Jon Ronson Book

Just like with THEM and THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, Mr. Ronson brings his neuroses and humor along on the twisted trip he leads us on. He has a real knack for bringing the narrative to comic crescendo, only to hit you abruptly with the darkly serious consequences of the subject at hand. And nowhere are the consequences more serious than when trying to evaluate who among us might just be a psychopath...and trying to find out just who among us is actually qualified to root them out.

Also at issue is this bit of wisdom from the late Spaulding Grey (my paraphrase): "Leave it to the British to teach Americans their own history." Mr. Ronson does just this, and it's an important mirror we need to seriously look into. Because our entire culture itself might score just a bit too highly on the Test for anyone's comfort.

BrandiHoo ,

Insightful and fascinating!

Ronson weaves a masterful web that compels the reader, page after page. His investigation of a mystery, launches he ( and the reader) into a philosophical quest unlike other books on psychopathy. This book is scholarly without being dry, and funny without being callous. Ronson is an amazing, vulnerable and articulate writer. I highly recommend this as a great audiobook for a long trip. His accent is charming, and the tale comes across as having been told by a friend.

Umbrius ,


Completely enthralling storytelling. Eye opening and really just a perfect audiobook. I love the way Jon reads and I love the insight into what he is thinking while interacting with this crazy/scary/fun/interesting cast of characters.

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