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Waging The War of the Worlds: A History of the 1938 Radio Broadcast and Resulting Panic, Including the Original Script

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The 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of The War of the Worlds was a landmark in the history of entertainment, sparking public hysteria in America and a series of broadcasts around the world that elicited similar responses. This book examines all aspects of the historic broadcast in depth, including fascination with Mars, H.G. Wells' novel, Orson Welles and the making of the broadcast, initial reactions and the resulting "fog of war," anxieties underlying the panic, and the aftermath. Additional chapters look at later ...

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Overview

The 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of The War of the Worlds was a landmark in the history of entertainment, sparking public hysteria in America and a series of broadcasts around the world that elicited similar responses. This book examines all aspects of the historic broadcast in depth, including fascination with Mars, H.G. Wells' novel, Orson Welles and the making of the broadcast, initial reactions and the resulting "fog of war," anxieties underlying the panic, and the aftermath. Additional chapters look at later broadcasts in the United States, Brazil, elsewhere in Latin America, and Portugal, and address the likelihood that a similar panic could happen again. The Howard Koch original script of the 1938 The War of the Worlds radio broadcast is included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441051
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gosling has written many articles for British science fiction magazines and runs a highly respected War of the Worlds website (www.war-of the-worlds.co.uk).

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 God of War: A Brief History of Mars in the Mind of Man 3

2 Mars Attacks: H. G. Wells Declares War 12

3 Orson Welles: Larger Than Life 19

4 Preparing to End the World: The Making of the Broadcast 31

5 War: 8 P.M., October 30, 1938 43

6 "It's Just a Radio Show": Dispatches from the Front Lines 49

7 The Fog of War: What Really Happened? 56

8 Smoke and Mirrors: Why the Panic? 68

9 Animosities and Rapprochements: The Aftermath of War 86

10 The Latin American Front: The Martians Return 99

11 SOS from Caratinga: Brazil Battles the Martians 114

12 The European Theater of Operations: Paralysis in Portugal 120

13 "It's Not a Meteor, Henry": The Second American Campaign 130

14 Mars 2, Brazil 0: The Siege of Sao Luis 143

15 Peril in Providence: The Last American Campaign 149

16 The Final Campaigns: Portugal 1988 and 1998 156

17 Remembering 1938: An American Myth 164

18 Envious Eyes: Could It Happen Again? 181

App The War of the Worlds Original Script by Howard Koch 193

Chapter Notes 219

Annotated Bibliography and Filmography (Including Radio, Audio and Television) 225

Recommended Research Sources 231

Index 233

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