John Demos. The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch Hunting in the Western World. Viking, 2008.
Nothing happens by chance, behind the apparent randomness and chaos of events, particularly bad events, whether the death of an individual, the failure of crops and machines, to the great catastrophes of war and disaster, lies a vast, implacable will. This is the world of witchcraft and conspiracy theories, a world in which behind all misfortunes are the "terrible others" who are responsible for all the heartache, pain and suffering in the world.