Did you know that experts estimate that approximately 3% of people are psychopaths? Yes, psychopaths--people who have no moral compass, whose egos are insatiable, and who wreak havoc by becoming dictatorial politicians, slick CEOs, or sometimes, serial murderers.
Investigative journalist Jon Ronson is a rather sniveling, Woody Allen-esque writer, but you grow to love him because of his self-deprecating wit and his willingness to take on this terrifying project. He barely keeps his anxieties in check as he interviews psychopaths, violent criminals and rogue leaders, and as the reader, you feel his fear and respect that he asks hard questions in spite of it. His book gives you a clear understanding of what makes a psychopath, and by the end, you'll know how to identify them and have a healthy fear for the scary ramifications of their existence. Ronson does an excellent job exploring how definitions of sanity and insanity may at first seem black and white, but there's a harrowing amount of gray area inbetween. A bizarre and fascinating picture of the history of mental health surfaces through Ronson's adventures, interviews with experts, and his amusing obsession with using all that he learns to then psychoanalysize himself.
Psychology buffs and fans of shows like CSI, House and Sherlock will love this brilliant work of narrative non-fiction. "The Psychopath Test" is a compelling page turner that despite its harrowing subject is at times really entertaining. This book definitely makes you think twice about our society and mental health and would make a fantastic book discussion choice.
Recommended by Erica Jesonis