What are the best non-fiction Salem witch trial books?

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    #1Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft

    Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft

    Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul S. Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum explored the lives of the women and men who helped spun the complex web of human passion that overrun the Salem Witch Trials.

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    Dennis Kelly
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book gives great details about the Salem Witch Trials. It is non-fiction and packed with information. I like the style a lot."
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    #2The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials

    The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials
    The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials by Marion L. Starkey is a historical narrative of the Salem witch trials. It took its dialogue from actual trial records while applying modern psychiatric knowledge.
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    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "While reading this I would lose track of time, and spend more time reading than originally planned. It has a captivating story, and it is quite an interesting read. The author really seems to know how to capture details and write it in a way that people can understand it."
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    #3In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

    In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

    In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 is from the award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton. It reexamined the Salem witch trials in a startlingly original, and meticulously researched way.

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    Patricia Young
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The cover is simple but also interesting, i like it, good reviews and cheap. "
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    #4Mrs Darley's Pagan Paths to Magick: A History of Persecution and the Secrets of Divine Magick

    Mrs Darley's Pagan Paths to Magick: A History of Persecution and the Secrets of Divine Magick
    Mrs Darley's Pagan Paths to Magick: A History of Persecution and the Secrets of Divine Magick is the fifth book in the Mrs Daley Pagan series. It investigates why the word "witch still holds such negative connotations.
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    #5The Penguin Book of Witches

    The Penguin Book of Witches
    The Penguin Book of Witches is the chilling real-life accounts of witches, compiled by New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe. It's a record of known witches from medieval Europe through colonial America.
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    John Martinez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Put together by the New York Times, The Penguin Book of Witches gives serious insight of the controversial records of witches from Medieval Europe. If you are into that kind of stuff, you will absolutely love this. If not, skip it."
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    #6Salem witchcraft

    Salem witchcraft

    Salem witchcraft by the Michigan Historical Reprint Series was produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program.

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    Bob Xu
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I do not think this offers much in terms of information about the Salem Witch trials. I feel that this book will give an incomplete picture."
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    #7The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

    The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

    The Making of Salem by Robin Derosa is about the Salem witch trials of 1962, which were a case study in hysteria and group psychology. The with trials cultural effects still linger centuries later.

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    Jane Dean
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism is a fact based book. The author gives a lot of insightful information about the Blair witch trials. The book was both engaging and informative. If you love history, this is a great book. I sat down and read it straight through. "
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    #8Hunting for Witches: A Visitor's Guide to the Salem Witch Trials

    Hunting for Witches: A Visitor's Guide to the Salem Witch Trials
    Hunting for Witches: A Visitor's Guide to the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill is a fascinating guidebook that reveals the true story of the Salem witch trials. It describes more than 50 important sites that can be visited today.
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    Brandon Hicks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This looks like a solid book about the real story of salem"
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    #9Wonders of the Invisible World

    Wonders of the Invisible World

    Wonders of the Invisible World by Robert Calef is a scarce antiquarian book that is a facsimile reprint of the original. It's available in a five-part volume series.

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    Jin Yi
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Wonders of the Invisible World is probably one of the best non-fiction books covering aspects and thoughts regarding the Salem witch trials because it was written in the 17th century when the Salem witch trials actually took place. It shares things that historical analysis books don't, and is a great supplement to studying the era of the Salem witch trials and what went on."
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    #10The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692

    The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692

    The Devil Hath Been Raised by historian Richard B. Trask reexamined, newly transcribed and arranged in chronological order all the legal, ecclesiastical and other surviving documentary sources for the Salen witch trials of 1692.

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    Katherine Beck
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Best thriller"
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    #11The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege

    The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege
    Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this this book tells a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.
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    Joshua Chavez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great book about the Salem Witch Trials. If you need one about this topic I would say that it is worth a read."
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