The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Published March 24, 2013
- Author Jon Ronson
I enjoyed this one. I remember hearing Jon talk about the Psychopath test when he was plugging the book on endless radio and TV shows. From what he talked about, I had thought it would be more focused on the high profile names and faces that tend towards the wrong end of the test, but actually there is only a brief mention of how psychopathy may be prevalent in top businessmen and media types.
Instead, the book focuses more on the prison system, how people are rated and detained, what is done to try and treat them, and how it can affect them in later life. It’s all very interesting, and the research is well done, it’s difficult subject matter and I think it is well handled. The story of Tony that the book hangs on is fascinating.
Overall, the book made me feel like I want to read more - not just from Jon, not just on this subject, but more investigative pieces as a whole. Luckily, this Kindle version was part of a three-book compilation, including Them and the Goats. I’ve read the Goats so I already have one more to be going on with.