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Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry SC
by Jon Ronson
Published by Riverhead
276p, b&w, softcover, 5.5"x8"
"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."