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Death of an Empire : The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City

Booth, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0312540388 / ISBN 13: 9780312540388
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 2011
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Title: Death of an Empire : The Rise and Murderous ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: First Edition.

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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.

Death of an Empire is a finely-written 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.

About the Author:

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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