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The Stack: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Why are so many CEOs jerks? Because they’re psychopaths. Seriously

The Psychopath Test:
A Journey Through the Madness Industry

By Jon Ronson
Riverhead; 288 pp; $25.95

The very first thing to know about psychopaths, at least according to Jon Ronson, is that they’re very charming. They’re also usually smart, easily bored, and ruthless power mongers who watch suffering with interest, have an inflated sense of self-worth, lie compulsively, and rarely take blame for their mistakes. For those reasons and others they tend to congregate in places such as London and New York. And a relatively high percentage end up running big companies.