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The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials

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This historical narrative of the Salem witch trials takes its dialogue from actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Starkey's sense of drama also vividly recreates the atmosphere of pity and terror that fostered the evil and suffering of this human tragedy.

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Overview

This historical narrative of the Salem witch trials takes its dialogue from actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Starkey's sense of drama also vividly recreates the atmosphere of pity and terror that fostered the evil and suffering of this human tragedy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385035095
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1969
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 638,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Don't Read It

    This book was long and drawn out and made the Salem Witch Trials sound boring and uneventful. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone to read because it just went on and on, unless you have trouble sleeping because this book would be able to put you to sleep.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Bad History, Good Narrative

    I just read this book for my 200-level university American History class. As a historical text, it was not worth my time. For Starkey to claim she can analyze the psyche of pre-teen girls 250 years ago (at the time of her publishing) and label their psychosis as the catalyst for the trials is a bit far-fetched. If one takes it merely as a story, it can be an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    lol

    I think its pretty funny university students could not follow this book. You also have grade school kids who read the book and were able to write a paper on it and get an A. lol Shame on you! Wasting your parents hard earned money on a college education!

    I did not have a problem reading this book at all. I thought it was very interested and enjoyed reading this womans take on the events.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Such a confusing book

    I chose to read this book for a history 103 class of mine. The 5 people who chose to read it, was confused during the entire read to say the least. Our professor told us that he never even read the entire book because of how confusing it was. There was a usage of hundreds of names - switching back and forth through out the book of events. There are many people with the same name so it is very confusing to realize who they are exactly talking about. They use terms that no one could tell me what it means... and also sometimes quoted actual events with 17th century language. I hated it from the moment I started to read it and if I didnt have an oral presentation on it... I would have never gotten through chapter one. Do yourself a favor, if you think about getting this book, read a few pages in the store before you opt to getting it... you will see what I am talking about. Save your money and buy something a little more exciting and worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    A down to the point book

    i read this book for a report at school and i got an A+ and extra credit! It's enjoyable to read also!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Great and Helpful

    I am an 8th grade student and have been trying to do my report. I found this book very helpful and I've been very intrested in the book and read it in 2 days. I think the book can really help with reports.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2001

    Real Estate Scam in Early Massachusetts.

    Read this book over 25 years ago in an American History Class in college. Many interesting aspects brought up about the girls and families involved in the Salem Witch Trials which I have failed to find anywhere else as I still study this time frame of Puritan Culture in the colonies. Hard to imagine that most of this ruckus was caused by a Real Estate Scam predominately. Wanted choice land along the main road....not available. So run the families out of their homes or kill them off to take over the priceless land!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    A very real dipiction of the Salem Witch Trials

    I read this book for fun because I am fascinated with witchcraft and history. This book was different from other books dealing with the same topic because it gave you a biography of the afflicted girls. All of the things I have read dealing with the Salem Witch Trials have not given such a great description of the girls who were the back bone of the trials.

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    Posted August 12, 2010

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