Paul Brodeur

Currents of Death: The Great Power Line Cover-Up

Controversy over the potential hazards of electromagnetism from neighborhood power lines has moved from the lab to the courts, as school districts and community groups mount protests or lawsuits against utility companies.

New Yorker staff writer Brodeur convincingly argues that evidence exists that exposure to such radiation may cause cancer and other illnesses. Low-level microwave radiation poses another danger, he compellingly shows, as Cape Cod, Mass., residents discovered when an Air Force radar station built in the vicinity apparently led to abnormally high levels of cancer.

Brodeur details and disputes scientific studies that claim such radiation is safe. He implicitly charges that a cover-up of the dangers has been engineered by industry, government, regulatory agencies and academia. He also reviews studies suggesting that computer video display terminals (VDTs) may induce cataracts, birth defects and miscarriages, and briefly assesses the potential hazards from electric blankets and electrically heated waterbeds. First serial to the New Yorker.






Selected Works

Fiction
A Native American warrior encourages his people to rise up against the Pilgrim and Puritan invaders of 17th Century New England.
An AWOL army trainee kills a movie stunt man and is tricked by the director of the film into replacing the dead stunt man in a film about a man fleeing from the army
A haunting and heart-felt collection of short stories about love and loss
An American counterintelligence agent in postwar Germany and his doomed good intentions.
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Nonfiction
An examination of the health hazards posed by electromagnetic fields emanating from neighborhood power lines, workplace machinery, and electrical equipment.
A pioneering analysis showing that exposure to microwave radiation poses significant health hazards.
A book about the land claims of the Mashpee Wampanoag, who live on Cape Cod, and of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, who live in Maine.
How a handful of plaintiff attorneys exposed the asbestos industry's fifty-year cover-up of its responsibility for the deaths of tens of thousands of workers, and won compensation for their survivors.
A description of the deadly danger posed by exposure to asbestos, and the machinations of a medical-industrial establishment whose members conspire to keep knowledge of occupational and environmental health hazards from public knowledge.
A book containing pioneering articles that appeared in The New Yorker, describing the nationwide health hazards posed by exposure to asbestos, and to household detergents containing flesh-eating enzymes that found their way into 50 million American households before being withdrawn, largely as a result of Brodeur's work.
Memoir
Brodeur describes his stint as a counterintelligence agent in post-war Germany, and his long career as an investigative journalist at The New Yorker, during which he crosses swords with the military, the CIA, FBI and State Department to reveal a dark and unacknowledged legacy of the Cold War.

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