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War of the Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth, Inciting Panic and Inspiring Terror from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles

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Winner of the 2001 Book of the Year Award by Foreword Magazine for Pop Culture, The War of the Worlds has been revised and updated for this new paperback edition. The audio CD includes the complete 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast, along with Orson Welles’s press conference from the next day, a rare interview between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells and clips from a later version of "War of the Worlds." The book includes the story behind the "Panic Broadcast," the radio play script, biographical information ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2001 Book of the Year Award by Foreword Magazine for Pop Culture, The War of the Worlds has been revised and updated for this new paperback edition. The audio CD includes the complete 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast, along with Orson Welles’s press conference from the next day, a rare interview between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells and clips from a later version of "War of the Worlds." The book includes the story behind the "Panic Broadcast," the radio play script, biographical information on H.G. and Orson and the complete text of H.G. Wells’s classic, "The War of the Worlds"-in addition, the book features lavish black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations.

"Two words: absolutely priceless. To have all the aspects of this classic story and historic moment in American broadcast media wrapped into one finely researched package is fantastic."-Today’s Librarian

"With all of this information gathered into a neat package, young adults have an opportunity to read, listen and learn about one of the most important events of radio history and a science-fiction classic."-Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570719851
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: paperback w/ CD
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: The Broadcast
The Eve of Halloween
The Radio Play: "Invasion from Mars" by Howard Koch
Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre

Part II: Invasions from Mars
Martians, Moon Men, and Other Close Encounters

Part III: The Author and His Book
H.G. Wells
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Book One - The Coming of the Martians
1. The Eve of War 2. The Falling Star 3. On Horsell Common 4. The Cylinder Opens 5. The Heat-Ray 6. The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road 7. How I Reached Home 8. Friday Night 9. The Fighting Begins 10. In the Storm 11. At the Window 12. What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton 13. How I Fell in with the Curate 14. In London 15. What Had Happened in Surrey 16. The Exodus from London 17. The "Thunder Child"
Book Two - The Earth Under the Martians
1. Under Foot 2. What We Saw from the Ruined House 3. The Days of Imprisonment 4. The Death of the Curate 5. The Stillness 6. The Work of Fifteen Days 7. The Man on Putney Hill 8. Dead London 9. Wreckage 10. The Epilogue

Afterword

Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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