Welcome to the official website of A. Brad Schwartz, author of BROADCAST HYSTERIA: ORSON WELLES’S WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE ART OF FAKE NEWS (Hill & Wang, May 2015).


“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)

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

“Fascinating as an analysis of both pop culture and the media.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

“A gripping and informative look at the War of the Worlds 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)