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Can You Feel It?
on 24 May 2012
Jon Ronson has made a career as an investigative journalist exploring the odder side of society. In `The Psychopath Test' he goes to his most extreme yet investigating what makes a psychopath and who differentiates a psychopath from your run of the mill sociopath? At its purest, `Psychopath' is Ronson's best book; he not only explores new avenues of madness, but reflects back on previous work to discover new elements to `Them' and `Men Who Stare at Goats'. Ronson also explores how nations treat (or don't) psychopaths and how mental illness is studied in general. All the areas are very interesting in their own right, but are too disparate at times.
It is Ronson's flitting from one subject to the other that is troublesome about this book. Although something like `Them' was also a series of investigations held together with a common theme, `Psychopath' does not feel quite as tight. The madness industry is a vast one and elements should be investigated in separate volumes, rather than trying to cover them all in one. With a scatter shot approach to themes `The Psychopath Test' is a series of excellent essays, rather than a coherent whole. An entire book could have been written on each of the cases found in the book, but even getting a brief glimpse into the world of psychopaths is a great read.
I read the Kindle version of this novel and it was a good version. The photos lost their colour, but were still clear and a decent size.