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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An excellent book, clearly researched and to the point, made better by Sam Harris as narrator.
Brilliantly delivered masterpiece
The book itself pulls no punches in briefly summarising the madness of witch finding in select cases. Cases that well illustrate the sheer idiocy and injustice of such historical escapades. Sam Harris adds an (un)intentional flat disdain for the madness, which fits entirely with his lack of respect for all demonstrably false and ideologically driven pursuits, while maintaining a casual understanding of the mechanisms of such social escalations. In particular, the descriptions of the alleged crimes stand on their own as impossible, comical cultural exaggerations of witchcraft. Hilarious, yet sobering.
Witch:the tale of terror
This is a great story with a lot of detail in it and the narrator added in a lot of expression in his voice.