My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Psychopath Test opens with Jon Ronson getting an intriguing email from an academic who had received a mysterious book. The mysterious book had turned up in other people’s post, across the world and nobody could work out what it meant. Someone suggested contacting Ronson, hence the email and he agrees to investigate. Considering that it was mainly academics that received this mysterious book and they had failed to work out where it had come from, Ronson manages to solve the mystery quite quickly. The process of which prompts him to delve deeper into the madness industry. He meets scientologists, a Broadmoor inmate and a CEO who likes sacking people, amongst others. He learns about the checklists that define mental illness and whether some of those checklists go to far. He also looks into the history of some of those infamous LSD tests with psychopaths in the 60s. I like all of Jon Ronson’s stuff but I particularly liked this one.