A Delusion of Satan

  • by Frances Hill
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, 19 men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a100 others were imprisoned and impoverished.
This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. By placing the distant period of the Salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.


What the Critics Say

"Hill reminds us that 'witch-hunts are still with us'." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting listen

Listened to this after watching The Witch. Recommended if you're interested in Salem witch trials.
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- Denis O'Brien Shannon

very well done

having been a student by virtue of my family history of this period of time this was a wonderful and unbiased account of the witch hysteria of Massachusetts. I loved our and well recommend our top anyone who wants to know the real story of Salem of 1692.
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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio