The Witches: Salem, 1692
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19... show more
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.
Format: Kindle Edition
Publish date: 2015-10-27
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 490
Edition language: English
This is all about the trials. It tells how they started, details about the different people and trials and what came after. Some parts were interesting to me, but sometimes it was just more of the same facts with another trial so similar to the one before. It's crazy and scary that something like...
I have never read this author's previous books, but have to say that I probably won't read any of her other works if they are set up like this. History is a dry subject, but the way this was structured made it even more in my opinion. Stacy Schiff takes a look at Salem, Massachusetts during it's wit...
For some reason an ad for this book suddenly started appearing on Youtube. An ad that seemed to imply it was just coming out when, in fact it has been out for almost a year. Either way, the ad, which was an interview with the author, got me very interested to know more.Non-fiction books must be very...
Sometimes I forget how I heard about certain books and why they made it onto my TRL (To Read List) but a lot of the time I just see a blurb about a book somewhere and it peaks my interest. That's what happened with The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff. As the title suggests, it's about the witch...
This book, a historical account of the Salem witch trials by an author whose prior work has been highly acclaimed, turned out to be a long-winded and tedious disappointment. I regret the many hours I spent slogging through it.Schiff takes a textbook-like approach to the writing, throwing facts and a...