Happy Monday, friends! We’re off to a good start with three stars for BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz.

In his first book, Schwartz draws upon hundreds of letters sent directly to Welles and the FCC after the War of the Worlds broadcast to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era and examine whether or not the infamous radio play really spawned a wave of mass hysteria.

“Schwartz’s book is 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

“Fascinating both as an analysis of both pop-culture and the media.” — Booklist, starred review

“A gripping and informative look at the War of the World broadcast, as well as contemporary issues in the early 20th-century industry of radio. Highly recommended for students of journalism, fans of Welles, and general readers interested in radio or broadcasting.” — Library Journal, starred review

“An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture.” — Kirkus Reviews

BROADCAST HYSTERIA will be featured in Vanity Fair, Common Reader,, and much more closer to publication.

BROADCAST HYSTERIA will be available from Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux on May 5, 2015.

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