In Broadcast Hysteria, A. Brad Schwartz boldly retells the story of Orson Welles's famed radio adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds and its notorious impact. Schwartz is the first to examine the hundreds of letters sent to Welles in the days after the broadcast, colorful reports that challenge the conventional wisdom about the scandal. Broadcast Hysteria shows that the program prompted a different kind of mass panic, based not on fears of alien invasion but on the bewitching power of the radio and the country's vulnerability in a time of crisis. Schwartz's original research, gifted storytelling, and thoughtful analysis make this a groundbreaking new look at a crucial but little-understood episode in American history. Book jacket.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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