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The Devil: A Biography

Stanford, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0805030824 / ISBN 13: 9780805030822
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New york, 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1996 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First American Edition 1996, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 315 clean tight unmarked pages, book has burgundy boards with 1/4 gray covered spine, silver foil stamped lettering on the spine, jacket is black with a creepy color illustration on the front jacket, white lettering on the front and spine jacket, b/w photo of the author on the back jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 003011

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Title: The Devil: A Biography

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New york

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Drawing on literature, the arts, folklore, psychology, world history, and church history, the author explores why humans have needed the Devil to explain evil and human suffering and why modern Americans are once again turning to the explanation of a Devil. 20,000 first printing.


"Though this biography is definitely unauthorized," Peter Stanford writes in his preface, "and the subject has not cooperated -- as far as I am aware -- I did at least manage to track down not one but three exorcists." We're used to seeing entertaining biographies of the famous, but here's something new: a very readable biography of the most infamous of all, the Devil himself. Peter Stanford presents a great amount of historical and scholarly material, yet manages to do so in a witty and highly intelligent style that keeps the reader turning the pages. From early Mesopotamia through the long history of Christianity, from medieval witch hunts to today's heavy metal rockers and Satanic cults, Stanford manages to, as he puts it, present a "very personal exploration of the highs and lows of the Devil's influence."

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