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Death of an empire : the rise and murderous fall of Salem, America's richest city / Robert Booth.

Booth, Robert. (Author).
Book Book (c2011.)
Description: xvi, 330 p. : ill., ports., geneal. tables ; 25 cm.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, c2011.
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  • ISBN: 9780312540388 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 0312540388 (hardcover) :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-315) and index.
Contents: Masters of the Universe. At war ; The lost prince ; White heat ; Panic ; Lost at sea ; The prophet -- Visions & Delusions. White hope ; Celebrations ; Jubilee ; Dreams of new bliss ; Twilight -- Into the Darkness. Nightfall ; The Salem murder ; Confession ; Imps of hell & devils roam ; Death after death ; Conflagration -- Blown Away. The magnate ; The mirage.
Summary: Most readers know Salem only for the city's notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America's first millionaire (still one of history's 75 wealthiest men) and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country's richest city. Westward expansion and the industrial revolution would eventually erode Salem's political importance, but it was a shocking murder and the scandal that followed which led at last to its fall from national prominence. This book is the tale of a little-known but remarkably rich era of American history, drawing in characters such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Quincy Adams, and Daniel Webster.

ROBERT BOOTH's guidebook Boston's Freedom Trail has been in print for twenty-five years and he has contributed to the anthology Salem: Place, Myth & Memory. He is curator emeritus of the Pickering House in Salem and serves on the boards of several history organizations. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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Booth, Robert. "Death of an empire : the rise and murderous fall of Salem, America's richest city." New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2011.

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