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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry - Community Reviews back

by Jon Ronson
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Brad Horner's Books
Brad Horner's Books rated it 5 years ago
Ok, first of all, I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for the pop-psy. That being said, I really enjoyed this well-rounded take on psychopathy; from the use of labels to the tests to determine if a person is one. He did not take a position and try to convince us, except as a story techniq...
chapterseldomread
chapterseldomread rated it 6 years ago
Fun, off beat and interesting, this (as I expected) is a lot more about Ronson’s journey than an insight into what goes on in the mind of a psychopath but it’s none the less wonderful for that. All in all this is more enjoyable than informative but it does have a few interesting tidbits into the wo...
Stephanie's books and other things
Stephanie's books and other things rated it 6 years ago
“There is no evidence that we've been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things....
Musings of a Book Addict
Musings of a Book Addict rated it 6 years ago
This is a page-turner! And not for the faint-hearted. Be prepared to start identifying pscyhopaths in your every day life, then feel really bad about it. I really love Jon Ronson's writing style, even if I don't always agree with his conclusions. He has a very transparent approach to sharing his own...
Joanne
Joanne rated it 6 years ago
This was an interesting, and really easy read but I felt a little more focus would have improved the book a bit. It jumps from a mysterious book to violent psychopaths, to corporate psychopaths to general mental illnesses and other topics.
My bookies
My bookies rated it 6 years ago
Just amazing, I loved this book. I listened to the audiobook and because the author read it, it made the experience that much better. He's got a great voice and puts his emotion into his reading.I didn't know much about psychopaths before reading this, but now I feel I do. That is, know enough to ma...
melaniecclegg
melaniecclegg rated it 6 years ago
I actually really enjoyed this book. So why only two stars?To me, it read more like a series of interesting (and very well written) Wikipedia articles strung together, rather than a cohesive book. The author introduced many interesting ideas and anecdotes, but I found it severely lacking in any anal...
realityinabox
realityinabox rated it 6 years ago
A quick and engaging read, but in the end, rather fluffy.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 6 years ago
Ronson is a fabulous journalist, at least in part because he isn't trying to be objective. Instead, he strives to be fair. The book is far-ranging and pulls together some disparate characters: London neuroscientists, a Nordic (or Swedish?) translator, the CEO who killed Sunbeam, a death squad leader...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it 6 years ago
The best non-fiction book I've read in a long time.
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