The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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THE PSYCHOPATH TEST A Journey Through the Madness Industry


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Drawing Hands© 2010 T heM. C. Escher Company-Holland. All rights reserved. p. 69: Time & Life Pictures I Getty Images I Ralph Crane p. 140: Time & Life Pictures I Getty Images I Frank Scherschel p. 174: DittrickMedical Hislory Center, Case Western Reserve Universiry p. 204: © Teri Pengilley p. 272: © Barney Poole Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ronson, Jon, date. T he psychopath test : a journey rhrough the madness industry I Jon Ronson. em.


ISBN 978-1-59448-801-6 (hardback)

I. Psychopaths. HV33.R66

I. Title. 2011