Paul Brodeur


Microwaves, Their Deadly Risk, and the Cover Up

An expanded version of a two part series in The New Yorker that provided the first in-depth description of medical studies showing that exposure to microwave radiation poses a significant health hazard. By chance, the articles appeared in the magazine at the time a furor was erupting over the irradiation of the American Embassy in Moscow by the Soviets. In the book that appeared a few months later, Brodeur shows that officials of the State Department lied to American Foreign Service personnel stationed at the Embassy about the nature of the health threat posed to them by microwave radiation—a charge he later elaborates upon in his memoir entitled SECRETS: A Writer in the Cold War.

THE ZAPPING OF AMERICA was selected as one of the 100 notable books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

Selected Works

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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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.
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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