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The invasion from Mars : a study in the psychology of panic

Author: Hadley Cantril
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, 2005.
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From the Publisher: "On Halloween night 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells fantasy, The War of the Worlds. What listeners heard sounded so realistic that at least a million were frightened by word that "strange creatures" from Mars had landed in central New Jersey and were "unleashing a deadly assault." Several thousand were so terrified they ran into the streets, drove away in their  Read more...
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Named Person: Howard Koch; Orson Welles; Orson Welles
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hadley Cantril
ISBN: 1412804701 9781412804707
OCLC Number: 57366136
Notes: Originally published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1940. With new introd.
Description: xxxii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1: Incredible as it may seem --
Broadcast (script / Howard Koch) --
2: It was something terrible --
Nature and extent of the panic --
3: It didn't sound like a play --
How the stimulus was experienced --
4: We'd better do something --
Description of reactions --
5: I figured --
Critical ability --
6: I'm so worried --
Conditions inhibiting critical ability --
7: Being in a troublesome world --
Historical setting --
8: My background --
Individual case --
9: Jitters have come to roost --
Why the panic? --
Appendix A: Miscellaneous information --
Appendix B: Interview schedule --
Appendix C: tables --
Index.
Responsibility: Hadley Cantril ; with the assistance of Hazel Gaudet and Herta Herzog ; with a new introduction by Albert H. Cantril.

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In 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds", causing panic amongst listeners. Originally published in 1940, this text shows that the impact of the  Read more...

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"One of the most fascinating, illuminating and provocative social documents that have been brought to public attention for some time." - New York Times Book Review, April 28, 1940; "The dramatic Read more...

 
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