Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the "Guardian" and "GQ America") are the best of his adventures. Always intrigued by our ability to believe the unbelievable, Jon meets the man preparing to welcome the aliens to earth, the woman trying to build a fully-conscious robotic replica of the love of her life and the "Deal or No Deal" contestants with a foolproof system to beat the Banker. Jon realizes that it's possible for our madness to be a force for good when he meets America's real-life superheroes or a force for evil when he meets the Reverend 'Death' George Exoo, who has dubiously assisted in more than a hundred mercy killings. He goes to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams, asks Insane Clown Posse (who are possibly America's nastiest rappers) whether it's true they've actually been evangelical Christians all along and rummages through the extensive archives of Stanley Kubrick. Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these compelling encounters with people on the edge of madness will have you wondering just what we're capable of.
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Jon Ronson's books include the "New York Times "bestseller "The Psychopath Test," and "Them: Adventures with Extremists "and "The Men Who Stare at Goats"--both international bestsellers. "The Men Who Stare at Goats "was adapted as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London and New York City.Review:
Praise for The "Psychopath Test" "A rollicking, page-turner of a book . . . no ordinary piece of investigative journalism . . . Ronson's storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer."--"San Francisco Chronicle""Engagingly irreverent."--"The New York Times" "Because of Ronson's relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it's easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research."--"The Boston Globe" "[A] fascinating and humane book."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Both terrifying and hilarious."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"
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