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The psychopath test : a journey through the madness industry

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011.
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"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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Ronson
ISBN: 9781594488016 1594488010 9780330492270 0330492276 9781594485756 1594485755
OCLC Number: 668193260
Notes: UNC Charlotte Libraries notes:
The missing part of the puzzle revealed -- The man who faked madness -- Psychopaths dream in black-and-white -- The psychopath test -- Toto -- Night of the living dead -- The right sort of madness -- The madness of David Shayler -- Aiming a bit high -- The avoidable death of Rebecca Riley -- Good luck.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Awards: Short-listed for National Book Awards Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2012 (UK)
Description: 275 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The missing part of the puzzle revealed --
The man who faked madness --
Psychopaths dream in black-and-white --
The psychopath test --
Toto --
Night of the living dead --
The right sort of madness --
The madness of David Shayler --
Aiming a bit high --
The avoidable death of Rebecca Riley --
Good luck.
Responsibility: Jon Ronson.
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.b30118530

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The new Sunday Times top-ten bestseller from the author of The Men Who Stare at Goats.  Read more...
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'I began The Psychopath Test late at night, tired, dispirited and ill - then found myself laughing like the proverbial loon for page after page' Will Self, Guardian 'The belly laughs come thick and Read more...

 
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