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The book is totally absorbing, a well-written account of a polarized period in history. It's too easy to dismiss such times as crazy aberrations, but seeing all the factors that influence people's behavior allows us to learn from the past. I read this to understand some family genealogy, and it filled the bill. However, the story is worth reading for anyone interested in history, New England, how distrust grows and how healing takes place. Excellent!
I needed this book for my capstone paper. My topic was figuring out if Parris sparked the trials to secure his place in the community. This book was perfect since it explores the social problems and situations of Salem to help explain the trials. The book reads very easily and is just all together interesting, even as just a fun read.
Great book. This book takes a look at the economics and social pressures that plagued Salem during the late 17th century. The book does not go into depth with the trials themselves, merely the tensions that brought them on.
If you intend to study the Salem incident in any serious amounts this should be your starting point. It gives an excellent amount of insight and information. Among colonial american historians, this is a staple.