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Top 40 Book Club : 2012
43 ThE PSyChOPATh TEST JoN RoNSoN A British spy who thinks the 9/11 planes were holograms discovers his own name in ancient scripture; 23 psychotic killers take LSD together in a Canadian prison experiment with surprising results; and a cocky young hooligan fakes his way into Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane and then can’t talk his way out – his only advocates, Scientologists. These and many more were interviewed by Jon Ronson for his acutely funny and disturbing new book, The Psychopath Test. Beginning as a search for an eccentric trickster in Sweden, The Psychopath Test develops as a manic tour of the madness industry and ends up being nothing less than a startling history of modern psychiatry. Ronson’s entertaining style can take the neurotic form of stand-up comedy but his research is thorough and the incredible story he tells centres around the realisation that our species is insane, and for a working definition of normality, we should look to the psychopaths.