This book is well researched and written. The author is a genuine authority on this phenomenon - and understands it well enough to explain it to his proverbial grandmother. On the other hand, is a very difficult read. It's simply difficult to hear about the mental machinations of people in our society who simply do not have the ability to empathize or accept responsibility for their actions.
It is also reassuring for anyone who has ever had contact with a psychopath. As difficult as it is, it is also reassuring to know that our experience has been understood by the professionals who have chosen to expose this disorder for what it is. Unfortunately, too many professionals fall into the veneer of charm trap - and miss the underlying chaos and disorder within this dreaded disorder.
The topic of Psychopathy has been well documented and written-up in a plethora of recent books. Robert Hare basically repeats much of this knowledge, but also adds some more recent research towards the end of the book. It's well written and read; easily understandable. I would appreciate more new research and new insights, but so far so good.
I enjoyed this book; it was an interesting look at the topic of psychopathology. However, it focused nearly all on his research and not broad look at the state of research in the field. So it's hard for a layperson like me to see if this is just his view from his research perspective, or if this is really state-of-the-art. Worth reading if you're interested in the topic, but probably not the definitive source.
He did a fine job. I didn't really notice the narrator, which is a compliment.
No, it's a nonfiction book.
Yes, but to a limited audience.
Plenty of case studies.
Presentation was a little flat and I had a hard time imagining the reader really wanted to be doing this one.
Like most books based on the authors own research, it was a little over the top with self-grandizement. It was, non-the-less very interesting and gave reason to think about things from a different perspective.
It takes time to absorb the information.
This is important information about humans that doesn't often come to light.