The book opens powerfully and actually had me in a melancholy, contemplative mood the first day I listened.
It falls apart at the end as there is hardly any summary and no real conclusion. Though the intent seemed to be to allow the reader to draw their own conclusion Ron riddled the rest of the book with his opinions, making it difficult to ascertain what, if anything, about the madness industry is fact.
Better than expected
Perhaps "The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule, where you can learn about psychopathy from the inside-- through eyes and mind of Ted Bundy. "The Psychopath Test" is another view of this phenomenon; albeit, from an "outsiders" perspective. How does society deal with these types of people?
He is great a reading this book; Funny, self-deprecating, and he emphasizes the "right" parts. Definitely not boring.
Yes, but I don't want to give it away. Essentially, there are times when I was in total agreement that these psychopathic "monsters" were sub-human and beyond help (or even trying to help). However, certain details made me alter my views a little. I was not expecting that outcome.
If you have a modicum of interest in psychology, how the DSM was created (and is used), and specifically psychopathy, you should read this book! It's not academic, but I find that a "strength" for this book. You get to travel along with Jon Ronson through his adventures in the land of psychopaths, and those who want to help them. Interesting characters abound!
I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.
I would rank it as a strong middle. I highly enjoyed it, but it was a bit shorter than I expected. Did bring up some really interesting and thought provoking concepts though!
Probably the description of experimental treatment center in Canada.
I love when he reads his books! I think his reading best conveys his witty/self depricating writing style.
How to spot the Psycho next door.
Jon Ronson knows how to tell a tale. He brings together people from all walks of life, from war criminals to CEOs, to show the depths of the human psyche. Great for car rides or listening on the go.
I've had this book in my library for a long time and am glad that I finally got a chance to listen. This was an immensely interesting book about quantifying and categorizing behaviors so that names can be given to a spectrum of mental illnesses. Ronson takes us on a journey through some of "the madness industry" - who can be classified as a psychopath, can children have Childhood Bi-Polar Disorder? We are given no specific answers, but lots of "food for thought". Ronson's voice is unique and it took me awhile to be comfortable listening to him again (I had heard him narrating "The Family Portrait"), but I ended up enjoying his style - it made the book more intimate and personal.
Have listened to this many times. Love Jon Ronson and love all of his work. This book is no exception. He does a fantastic performance as only one who was there could do. Love it when the authors read their own books and Jon does a remarkable job.
Highly recommend all of his works.