challenging, disturbing, engaging
His first visit to Broadmoor
I am a big Jon Ronson fan and have read quite a few of his books. I usualy find plenty of things to laugh at in them but this is actually a very serious book. This has relatively few lighthearted moments so perhaps not 100% typical of his work
lunatics running the asylum?
It deals with the psychiatric profession in a way that I haven't seen before. I always assumed that they were experts and knew just about everything. By chapter 3 I didn't trust any of them. By the middle of the book I trusted them again. At the end I was not that clear what I thought. Having it read by the author always adds a touch of realism and authenticity, I would definitley recommend this.
It's always a bit of a gamble reading something in your own line of work and I generally expect to be a bit irritated. I was a bit irritated occasionally when Jon Robson seemed to see psychopathy, developmental disorders, eccentricity, psychosis, low mood, ptsd etc etc as one big mass of 'madness', but in fairness, he is a journalist, not a psychologist and he did tease out many of the interesting issues that we all ponder too. I was never totally clear what the book was supposed to be about. It certainly isn't just about psychopathy, but it's probably all the better for that. All in all I'd recommend it - but if you're not a mental health professional and you're particularly interested in an issue he brings up, do do your own research as well.
Ronson reviews the classic test for psychopathy and reappraises it, acknowledging its complexity and the dangers of simply using it to pigeonhole people. An intriguing appraisal, and well performed (if you like JRs somewhat flat delivery.)
I've always enjoyed Jon Ronson's writing and after hearing an extract from this book in an episode of This American Life I wanted to hear the rest. His approach to the people he interviewed was really objective and he let them tell their own stories, while ultimately all pointed to similar conclusions. Very interesting stuff.
Fascinating book which benefits from the author's delivery. At times surprising, scary and very funny, as well as informative. I cannot praise this book too highly.
Jon Ronson can make anything feel surreal, would recommend. So far I have read this and "So you've been publicly shamed" which you should listen to If you enjoyed this as much as me.
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this guy reads like he believes everything he says, great story, I could not wait to get back into the car to hear more.
very very very very very very very very very very very very very very marvelous. They said I had to have 20 words and 5 unique words. But seriously it's was very marvelous. Highly recommend!