What are the best Salem witch trials books?

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    #1The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.

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    Evelyn Chen
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I hate to rate this so low when it seems that the only people who do so are those forced to read it by a cruel teacher. I'm even more troubled by the fact that I haven't seen anyone else bring up what bothers me about this play. "
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    #2A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

    A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials
    It recounts the events of the bleak winter of 1692 in Salem Village. Young girls were allegedly tormented by Satan and his witches. 19 people were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over 100 others were imprisoned and impoverished.
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    Alan Medina
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Fascinating. I've been interested in this topic since I visited Salem a few years ago. The author brings a many interesting facts into focus and ties them together with the probable mindset of the people at the time. Really good entry into the pantheon of books on the Salem witch trials."
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    #3The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is a historical contemporary romance fiction written by Katherine Howe. This witchcraft fiction novel is published in 2009 by Hyperion Books. 
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    Walter Simmons
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "When looking for some of the best Salem Witch Trials books available, one of the key factors that we have to look for is historical accuracy. While "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" is a gripping tale that seems plopped down in the target setting, it doesn't really focus on the issue at hand, rather focusing on a fictional romance. While it's a decent read, I feel that there are many other books that fit the bill and have a more streamlined focus."
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    #4The 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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    Marilyn Green
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "There are plenty of books about the Salen Witch Trials. And no doubt at some point you read about it in school. But so far this is the only day by day chronicle you will find on this subject. When you read The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege you will feel like a fly on a wall and watching day by day how this all unfolded. This is exactly the book for you."
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    #5The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a young adult historical fiction written by Elizabeth George Speare. This classic fiction is first published in 1958. 

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    Jesse Ford
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Very interesting."
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    #6Salem 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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    Li Song
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My family tree is actually a part of the Salem witch trials so I've always been fascinated by it, I heard that growing up and then when I was older I tried to call my parents on their bullshit but they were right. I have family that lived in Salem at this time and they were a part of all this. With that in mind I had a great time with this book and getting more insight into what went on and what went wrong. It's definitely a great book and worth your time."
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    #7The 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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    Edward Peterson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Really cool way of looking at one of the weirder incidents in North American history. I liked how they tried to come up with rational psychological processes that may account for the behavior of the individuals in Salem."
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    #8In 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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    Rodrigo Flores
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "There's been a trend and a spike in popularity of late in movies and TV shows concerning witchcraft and witches. Sometimes it's best to take a step back and dwell into some good sound historical stories based back in the days of Salem, during the infamous witch trials. I recently picked up In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. I found this book entirely engrossing. Historian Beth Norton takes you on a trip back to the 1692, during the time of the Salem witch trials. Now this was particularly interesting for me because she's done her research. Meticulous details and studies are provided concerning these events. I found the information really pertinent. Now keep in my this is more of a documented read throughout so if you're looking for some drama and mystery, it's not there. This is just a reveal of information from the research gathered up. It's really good to get another perspective on things back in the days through this. I'd highly recommend this book if you want to look at things on a higher level, and a different perspective then what you're familiar with concerning witchcraft."
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    #9Gallows Hill

    Gallows Hill

    Gallows Hill is a thrilling mystery and fantasy novel for teens written by Lois Duncan. It was released in 1998. It is about a teenaged girl who found out she was a witch and inflicted panic on a small town.

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    Emma Baker
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The salem witch trials was not a great event. Gallows hill tackles the trials with a bit of fantasy."
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    #10A Break with Charity

    A Break with Charity
    A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials is a historical fiction for young adults written by Ann Rinaldi. It was released in July 2003. It is about the events that sparked the Salem Witch Trials.
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    Walter Garcia
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "To me, this book was a haunting memory of a time in our history that is less than admirable. I would say this book is definitely worth of a movie adaptation, but Ann Rinaldi's writing was so vivid and imagery so outstanding, I genuinely felt like I could picture everything happening anyway. To be fair, you need to be generally interested in the topic before reading it. This book probably won't "convert" you to loving history. That being said, it's great!"
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    #11Time of the Witches

    Time of the Witches

    Time of the Witches is a historical fiction novel for young adults written by Anna Myers. It was originally released in 2009. It is about a young girl caught in the chaotic times of the Salem Witch Trials.

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    Simon Xue
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Time of the Witches is a fun read. There's nothing really amazing about it, but I enjoyed the story for what it is. It's an interesting adaptation of a well-explored story."
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    #12The Lost Sister

    The Lost Sister

    The Lost Sister is a thrilling historical mystery novel for young adults written by Megan Kelley Hall. It was originally released in July 2009. It is about a young witch who thought she escaped the Salem Witch Trials.

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    Ann Lucas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you're interested in the Salem Witch Trials, you'll love this book. It's a different perspective from the usual story we all hear, so it's perfect for an enthusiast! "
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    #13Father of Lies

    Father of Lies

    Father of Lies is a thrilling historical mystery novel for young adults written by Ann Turner. It was originally released in February 2011. It is about a young girl who discovered her powers during the peak of the Salem Witch Trials.

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    Tyler Thomas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I think the strength of this book is in the imagery of the late 1600 salem witch trials. The author does a great job of setting the scene and building the drama with Lidda's interactions with the devil and trying to hide it from the townspeople."
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