Witch: A Tale of Terror

  • by Charles MacKay, Sam Harris - introduction
  • Narrated by Sam Harris
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. In Witch: A Tale of Terror, best-selling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay's beloved book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.


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I would have liked information regarding the historical context surrounding Charles Mackay when he wrote the book.
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- Terry "chuckster2.0"

People Are Frightening

The cruelty that humans have endured is beyond depressing. We've come along way, but this book shows what humans are capable of. The recent support for Donald Trump is baffling, but less so after listening to this book. Reason is not always the strongest impulse.
The story gets a bit repetitive as it documents many cases of bizarre barbaric stupidity. I’m not sure how much Harris edited the language, but the writing is great, and Harris is well-suited to read it.
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- Evan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2017
  • Publisher: Four Elephants Press