Listen to Jon Ronson read from his book The Psychopath Test, and find out more about the test's uses and abuses in justice systems around the world.
Combining Jon’s trademark humour, charm and investigative
incision, The Psychopath Test is
both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious
questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly
judged by our maddest edges.
Jon’s witty and dark investigation into madness becomes all
the more so when he reads it; his pauses and intonations double the horror –
and humour – of his encounters, as does the soundtrack. At the end of last week, the US radio show This American Life aired an extract of
Jon reading from his book as part of an entire broadcast dedicated to the
psychopath test devised by Bob Hare in the 1980s.
show is worth a listen, with case studies looking at potential misuse of
the test, as well as the This American
Life team submitting themselves to the psychopath checklist. But if you
haven’t got long, then skip to ‘Act Two’ to hear Jon describe his encounter
with Al Dunlap, the merciless CEO of the American company, Sunbeam, who revels
in firing his employees.
You can download the entire audiobook from Audible