Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

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Overview

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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's penchant for compelling "killing" histories continues in a new and dramatic addition to their bestselling series. This time, they turn their attention to the events of 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts. Told in their token thriller-esque narrative voice, it is a fascinating, engaging and fresh look at a dark time in American history.

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Killing the Witches revisits one of the most frightening and inexplicable episodes in American history: the events of 1692 and 1693 in Salem Village, Massachusetts. What began as a mysterious affliction of two young girls who suffered violent fits and exhibited strange behavior soon spread to other young women. Rumors of demonic possession and witchcraft consumed Salem. Soon three women were arrested under suspicion of being witches—but as the hysteria spread, more than 200 people were accused. Thirty were found guilty, twenty were executed, and others died in jail or their lives were ruined.

Killing the Witches tells the dramatic history of how the Puritan tradition and the power of early American ministers shaped the origins of the United States, influencing the founding fathers, the American Revolution, and even the Constitutional Convention. The repercussions of Salem continue to the present day, notably in the real-life story behind The Exorcist and in contemporary “witch hunts” driven by social media. The result is a compulsively readable book about good, evil, community panic, and how fear can overwhelm fact and reason.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250283320
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2023
Series: Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 695
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bill O’Reilly is a trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and in writing eighteen national number-one bestselling nonfiction books. There are more than nineteen million books in the Killing series in print. He lives on Long Island.


Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history, among them the Killing series, Into Africa, and Taking Paris. He and his wife live in Southern California.

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