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The Enemy Within

A Short History of Witch-hunting

John Demos - Author

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ISBN 9781440636912 | 336 pages | 02 Oct 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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With the vision of a historian and the voice of a novelist, prize–winning author John Demos explores the social, cultural, and psychological roots of the scourge that is witch-hunting, both in the remote past and today. The Enemy Within chronicles the most prominent witch-hunts of the Western world—women and men who were targeted by suspicious neighbors and accused of committing horrific crimes by supernatural means—and shows how the fear of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution, and purging. A unique and fascinating book, it illumines the dark side of communities driven to rid themselves of perceived evil, no matter what the human cost.

"There is no one better qualified to tell these stories and write a general history of witch-hunting than John Demos."
-The Boston Globe

" No scholar has done more to illuminate the terrifying psychology of witchcraft in Western culture than John Demos. The Enemy Within is a masterful synthesis of this phenomenon."
-David Oshinsky, author of Polio: An American Story, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history

" Demos compresses events over two millennia . . . with minimal grisliness, a spirited style, and by hanging enough historical wallpaper for a newcomer to the subject to feel at home."
-The Seattle Times


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