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The Witches: Salem, 1692: A History

Stacy Schiff.
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781474602266
Pages/Publication Date 496/2015
Daedalus Item Code 73171
List Price: Import
Sale Price: $6.98
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The author of Cleopatra: A Life, the Pulitzer Prize winner Véra, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Saint-Exupéry, A Biography, and the George Washington Book Prize winner A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, Stacy Schiff here takes us back to Salem, Massachusetts. The story begins in the bitterly cold winter of 1692, when a minister's daughter begins to scream and convulse, and ends less than a year later, after 20 men and women have been executed for practicing witchcraft. Like a psychological thriller, Schiff's book explores why some of the most educated and prominent citizens in the colony succumbed to panic, as neighbor accused neighbor and parents and children pointed at each other.

"The Witches is the fullest and finest story ever told about Salem in 1692, and no one else could tell it with the otherworldly flair of Stacy Schiff."—Joseph J. Ellis

"Compulsively readable.... Schiff never disappoints, and her eagerly anticipated account of the Salem witchcraft tragedy lives up to expectations, providing a fascinating account of one of the most infamous years in American history."—Booklist (starred review)

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