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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Jun. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671211927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671211929
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harrington was writing after Cleckley but before the really good modern research into psychopathy had been done, thus there are some flaws in his ideas of what, exactly, a psychopath is and what they might do. His case study/stories are fascinating, nevertheless, though about half of them do not appear to be about psychopaths at all but rather other forms of personality quirks, disorders or psychoses.

Nevertheless, his commentary about the pathologizing of American society are acute and on target. And in the end, that's really what he is talking about: more or less normal people who have "gone bad" under the social influence of psychopathy at the top. For that reason, this book is worth reading as long as you keep in mind that his diagnoses are all over the place and wounded people are included as psychopaths, and in at least one, possibly two, of his tales, the person telling the story is more psychopathic than the individual they are describing.
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Not about psychopathology at all. 18 Jan. 2015
By claude whitacre - Published on Amazon.com
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Remember, this was written in 1972. The author confuses psychopathology with being a "Hipster" or living a "Bohemian" life.

I confess, I stopped reading about two thirds of the way in. The stories give no real information, other than to tell stories of people who are selfish or cruel. There is no real analysis. You can't read this book and leave with a better idea of what psychopathology is.

The stories were difficult to follow. It was also difficult to extract meaning from them. I wish it were otherwise.
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Educational and entertaining 9 May 2013
By Dawolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Illuminating reading on a lot of the people that walk among us. Antisocial people come in all sorts of disguises.
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