If you’re familiar with Jon Ronson (from his previous book The Men Who Stare at Goats, or his contributions to the radio show This American Life) then you know his prose is quirky, droll, and as addictive as caffeine. His latest obsession is The Psychopath Test (Riverhead, $25.95)—a diagnostic personality exam usually administered to serial killers, but which Ronson seeks to apply to political leaders and CEOs (and occasionally, to himself). What if the 99% of rational humanity is governed by the 1% of psychopaths at the top? Ronson’s quest takes him to maximum-security prisons, asylums, psychology conferences, and to Wall Street. In his hands, the macabre becomes chillingly entertaining.
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