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In Broadcast Hysteria, A. Brad Schwartz examines the history behind the infamous War of the Worlds radio play. Did it really spawn a wave of mass hysteria? Schwartz is the first to examine the hundreds of letters sent directly to Orson Welles after the broadcast. He draws upon them—and hundreds more sent to the FCC—to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era, and his findings challenge conventional wisdom.

Relatively few listeners believed an actual attack was underway. But even so, Schwartz shows that Welles’ broadcast prompted a different kind of “mass panic” as Americans debated the bewitching power of the radio and the country’s vulnerabilities in a time of crisis. Schwartz’s original research, gifted storytelling, and thoughtful analysis make Broadcast Hysteria a groundbreaking work of media history.

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  • “Offers up many fresh details and, along the way, shows the many ways in which the whole [War of the Worlds] episode reverberates in our own time.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Deftly places Welles’ caper in the perspective of the time, when a real world war was looming, and the new medium of radio was enjoying a fleeting ‘Golden Age’ as it simultaneously was experimenting with other dubious forms of journalism.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “An impeccable account of the most famous radio show in history, a fascinating biography of Orson Welles, and a vital lesson about the responsibility of the media.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Groundbreaking…Fascinating as an analysis of both pop-culture and the media.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Though Schwartz’s detailed account of Orson Welles’ famous ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast in June 1938 can stand on its own, Sean Runnette’s narration enhances the experience and helps listeners feel the full impact of the work. In a deep but gentle voice, he deftly moves through each chapter, choosing the right emphasis, speed, and tone for each moment. Even when rereading passages from the radio script, Runnette captures the right tone and energy from the original production. Schwartz provides a unique take on the event by pulling together different elements such as the history of radio news broadcasting, Orson Welles’ background, and the cultural context of the 1930s.”

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