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Jon Ronson's Adventures With Extraordinary People by [Ronson, Jon]
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Ronson is one of the finest comic writers working today --Will Self, Guardian

Ronson is a tenacious, often courageous reporter, whose keen sense of humour never detracts from the integrity of his journalism --Sunday Times

Chilling and hilarious by turns. Ronson's trademark laid-back attitude is a delight --Independent

Ronson is a tenacious, often courageous reporter, whose keen sense of humour never detracts from the integrity of his journalism --Sunday Times

Chilling and hilarious by turns. Ronson's trademark laid-back attitude is a delight --Independent

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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of four bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London and New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OCBX4M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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This review is about the format of this kindle ebook, rather than the content. I've written it as I hope it helps others making the decision to buy.

I'd been planning to read the Psychopath Test for a while - we have a couple of paperback copies floating around the wider family circle, but I wanted a copy for my new kindle. I was hesitant to get this kindle version as it isn't totally clear in the description that it is three books, including the Psychopath Test (despite the cover suggesting it is!)
I downloaded a sample, but that wasn't any clearer as it is a sample of the first book of the three and only has a table of contents for that.
Anyway... it's a good price, so I bit the bullet and bought it. I can confirm it is the three books stated on the cover. The kindle version doesn't easily separate out the three books, so I've had to manually go through and bookmark the start of the second and third books. So if like me you have heard what great reads these three books are, then get this copy safe in the knowledge that they are all included.
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2013
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After I recently read Jon Ronson's hugely enjoyable "Lost At Sea" I was delighted to see that this omnibus edition appeared as a Kindle Daily Deal at a bargain price, so I snapped it up. Unlike "Lost at Sea" however the three books here have a slightly different approach, single pieces of investigative journalism as opposed to collections of magazine and newspaper articles.

"Them" deals with extremism and those who have radical beliefs (including in one chapter David Icke) and is often hilarious. Alongside the conspiracy theorists and religious extremists we also discover the shady activities of the Bilderberg Group and those who pursue them, believing they are the secret rulers of the world. It's a fascinating book, veering between hilarity and much darker, more sinister material.

"The Men Who Stare At Goats" deals with psychological warfare and is far darker, much more disturbing. It opens with a secret experiment by the US military to kill without contact, attempting to stop the heart through the power of the mind, and introduces soldiers who attempted to walk through walls and so on, and although ridiculous we begin to see how some of their experiments have been used during more recent engagements. It's very dark stuff, but Ronson deftly keeps things skipping along, injecting touches of humour every now and again.

"The Psychopath Test" deals with psychology, behaviour, and mental classification. What is a psychopath and how can someone be classified as such? It's an interesting read with dabbles into the likes of Scientology, conspiracy theories, and so on. Don't expect a textbook on psychology - just expect a riveting, entertaining, occasionally disturbing read.

Fantastic reading for holidays and railway journeys in my experience. I can't wait for Ronson's next book.
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What a bargain. Ronson is one of the best narrative journalists around, tackling big issues and encountering dangerous individuals, but masterfully lacing all of his reportage with great wit and irony.

For me, THEM is the stand-out. It was the first Ronson book I read and it's the one I always come back to. But for the money, you'd be mad not to buy this collection and get the other two books.

The Men Who Stare At Goats is better than the film and tonally quite similar to THEM. The Psychopath Test is a slightly different beast. It opens with a compelling and exciting mystery whose denouement is rather disappointing; not Ronson's fault - but it does sort of leave you feeling a bit flat. I feel it's best to treat The Psychopath Test more as a series of articles, as the narrative arc just didn't seem quite complete to me.
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Ronson has the knack of lulling you into thinking you are reading about comedic people in laughable situations, then the reality of the enormity of what you have read disturbs your relatively cosy view of the world to the point where you hope it's pure fiction.
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Them: Adventures with Extremists is a tremendously entertaining, funny look at people who range from the eccentric to scary. Ronson's skill in this book, less evident in those that follow, is to draw out of his characters what unifies them rather than what makes them different. Worth 5 star alone. I didn't find the Men Who Stare at Goats as engaging a read though it's still funny and a worrying look at one aspect of the military mind. The Psychopath Test is funny and highlights some of the pitfalls of the psychiatric classification system however Ronson finds less coherence in pulling out an overarching theme so it ends up feeling like some disconnected essays about mental health topics.
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Let Jon Ronson be your tour guide on a trip through the outer fringes of obsession, conspiracy theorising, and barking insanity. If you saw the film of The Men Who Stare at Goats and want more, this is definitely for you. And if you're curious about exactly how mad your fellow humans get - then look no further, this is the guide book you need.
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Nice to have Jon Ronsons most well known books in one package. All three books introduce us to characters, some of who which you may have heard off, taking part as major players in stories involving the army, the far right and the psychiatric industry amongst others. I would definitely recommend this. It's well written and illustrates the obsession that Mr Robson has with the weird, the wacky and downright strange.
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