From my list on the story behind the Salem Witch Trials.
Who am I?
A native of Massachusetts and married to a descendent of two of the accused, the Salem witch trials have long fascinated me. Armed with a Ph.D. in American studies from New York University – focused on American history, literature, and religion – a significant portion of my academic career has been devoted to research, publications, classes, and public lectures on the Salem witch trials, reflected in the third edition of my book, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials. The book is only one of several books and many articles I have published on various aspects of American cultural history, many of which relate in some way to what happened in Salem in 1692.
Bryan's book list on the story behind the Salem Witch Trials
Why did Bryan love this book?
Brian Levack is the leading authority on the history of witch-hunts in Europe.
Anyone seeking to fully understand the events of 1692 in Salem, needs to begin with a study of the 250 years of witch-hunts in Europe that preceded the outbreak in New England, which came late in the game but followed what occurred in many ways what preceded it.
Levack’s book, now in its fourth edition, is the best source on this subject. It includes information on the Salem witch trials in context of what happened in Europe.