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Such Men Are Dangerous: The Fanatics of 1692 and 2004

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Such Men Are Dangerous: The Fanatics of 1692 and 2004

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    Available in PDF Format | Such Men Are Dangerous: The Fanatics of 1692 and 2004.pdf | English
    Frances Hill(Author)
A BookSense Pick, this well-researched book by a respected historian has managed to stand out among the many political books released in 2004, and unlike many of them, remains current for the foreseeable future.Most Americans would like to think that our modern-day leaders are more enlightened than the witch-hunting Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. But are they? Is it possible that people like Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, and even George W. Bush are just the modern-day equivalents of Cotton Mather, John Hathorne, and William Phips? Frances Hill finds a frightening resemblance, and hopes that by remembering the past we can avoid repeating it.The events are, of course, very different. The Puritans twisted a popular fear of imaginary spectral forces to bolster their ideological agendas, power and wealth. Today's neoconservatives are twisting the very real public fear of terrorism for those same ends.We know how the story of the witch hunts ends. The modern equivalent is still under way, with far more chilling ramifications for the future of humanity

Frances Hill is the author of several books, including three on the Salem witch trials-A Delusion of Satan, The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials; The Salem Witch Trials Reader; and Hunting For Witches, A Visitor's Guide To The Salem Witch Trials. She resides in London, but spends summers in the U.S., based on Connecticut.

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  • PDF | 233 pages
  • Frances Hill(Author)
  • Upper Access Inc.,U.S. (1 Mar. 2004)
  • English
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  • By W. H. B. Tayleur on 18 March 2004

    Read this book! Whether you are a seething democrat, a bilious republican - or just a normal person - this book gives an historical perspective on the current day Bush administration by drawing parallels with the Salem Witch Trials and those who instigated them. The fear of the witch is replaced by the fear of the terrorist.Frances Hill has created a powerful argument that draws the two regimes together through individual comparisons, and a minutely forensic approach in teasing out the similarities. Even the 'good' or 'believable' members of President Bush's and Governor Phips' teams are seen to be weak and pliable.There is anger at the roughshod methods of both regimes; but anger tempered by incontrovertible facts. How has the US lost its way as a beacon of democratic freedom in the world? Why are the poorer being disadvantaged while the rich benefit?Michael Moore may be funnier, but Frances Hill delivers a more devastating polemic.The comparisons are uncanny; the initial outcomes chilling. The only question remaining is left at the very end… how will the world respond to the neocons' callous ministrations?

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