Paul Brodeur

Works

FICTION

THE SCOUT'S ACCOUNT: In the Shadow of the Mayflower
Published in 2016, this novel tells the story of a young Wampanoag warrior named Squeteague, who is sent by his sachem to observe the landing of the Mayflower on Cape Cod, in 1620. Living into his eighties, Squeteague becomes a father and grandfather, and moves about the turbulent Northeast as a ship captain, fur trader, interpreter, spy, and gunrunner for his insurgent people Following the death of his wife, son, and daughter-in law at the hands of English soldiers in the horrific Battle of the Great Swamp, he becomes a vengeful guerrilla fighter. Thus, from the age of sixteen until his death, Squeteague takes part in many key events of the conquest of the Native people of New England by the Pilgrim and Puritan invaders.


THE STUNT MAN
An AWOL army trainee named Cameron intrudes unwittingly into the filming of a movie stunt and kills the stunt man in what he believes to be self-defense. The diabolic director of the film then tricks him into replacing the dead stunt man in a movie about a man fleeing from the army. His new role as fugitive stunt man leads Cameron further and further from the real word and deeper into the unreality of the film, until he is no longer able to distinguish between the two, and life becomes the most intricate stunt of all. This novel was made into a movie starring Peter O'Toole, and received three Academy Award nominations.


"The Stunt Man is a dazzling piece of high wire artistry…a startling extension of the mind’s eye into the reaches of the imagination…suggesting that the world is never as real as the terror which lies below and beyond it.”

The Kirkus Service

“A tour de force, marked by brilliance of plot and dialogue.”

The New Yorker

‘The Stunt Man is an allegory of immense intricacy, a study of art, illusion, and identity, of the relation between reality and man’s confused awareness of it.”

The New York Times Book Review


“A Kafkaesque novel about a fugitive stunt man who discovers that life has a deadly tendency to imitate the movies

Cosmopolitan




THE SICK FOX
A novel set in postwar Germany in which a young American counterintelligence agent named Harry Brace, who is charged with watching over security at an underground nuclear storage site, tries to protect a nomadic shepherd, setting off a chain reaction of events that causes a furor of resentment among the residents of a German town, and nearly resulting in his own downfall.

“This novel about contemporary Germany must be ranked with the best.”

Saturday Review

“A triumph of invention…[Brodeur] has written a taut and impressive novel.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“In narrative power, in lucidity, and in richness of meaning, Mr. Brodeur is nearer to Kafka than to most of his imitators.”

Punch


DOWNSTREAM
A collection of short stories that includes the much-anthologized “Hydrography,” a haunting narrative about a young couple who lose their infant child, and “The Spoiler,” about a father who has lost his first son and becomes overly protective of his second.

“Excellent stories, written with poise, accomplishment, and a penetrating understanding of the secret things that make us most deeply uncomfortable, perhaps most human.”

Publishers Weekly

“It’s an uncommon pleasure to read an author who knows how to resolve pain without bitterness yet still has a jeweler’s eye for life’s tricky facets and buried fissures.”

Book World





CURRENTS OF DEATH
New Yorker staff writer Paul Brodeur convincingly argues that scientific evidence exists to show that exposure to electromagnetic fields given off by power lines may cause cancer and other illnesses, and that microwave radiation given off by radar and communications equipment also poses health hazards. He details and disputes government and industry-funded studies that claim such radiation is safe, and charges that a cover-up of the dangers has been engineered by industry, government, regulatory agencies and academia.


THE ZAPPING OF AMERICA: Microwaves, Their Deadly Risk, and the Cover-Up
The articles upon which this book is based appeared in The New Yorker at the time a furor erupted over the irradiation of the American Embassy in Moscow by the Soviets. Using subsequently obtained information, 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.


RESTITUTION: The Land Claims of the New England Indians
A book containing articles that appeared in The New Yorker about the land claims of the Mashpee Wampanoag, who live on Cape Cod, and of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, who live in Maine.

“With great concision, Mr. Brodeur describes two sets of lawsuits whose historical implications extend far beyond their immediate circumstances…[his] reporting strikes me as faultless.”


Francis Jennings
The New York Times Book Review


OUTRAGEOUS MISCONDUCT: The Asbestos Industry on Trial
By describing the avalanche of lawsuits filed against the asbestos industry during the 1970s, Brodeur reveals behind-the-scenes efforts by key U.S. asbestos firms over some 50 years to cover up their liability for tens of thousands of worker deaths. He also describes the 1982 bankruptcy filing of the Johns-Manville Company--the nation's largest asbestos manufacturer-- as an attempt "to escape the full measure of its liability for the horror of asbestos disease."

EXPENDABLE AMERICANS
An expanded version of a five-part series in The New Yorker entitled, "Casualties of the Workplace." The articles described the nationwide asbestos health hazard in detail, and exposed the existence of a medical-industrial establishment whose members conspired to keep knowledge of occupational and environmental hazards from public knowledge. They won a National Magazine Award for The New Yorker, and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Award for their author.


ASBESTOS AND ENZYMES
A compilation of two articles—"The Magic Mineral" and "The Enigmatic Enzyme"—that first appeared in The New Yorker. "The Magic Mineral" was the first major article ever published about the health hazards of exposure to asbestos. It served as a road map for trial lawyers who would bring the greatest toxic tort litigation in the history of American jurisprudence against the asbestos industry

"The Enigmatic Enzyme" described the health hazards posed by exposure to household detergents containing flesh-eating enzymes that had found their way into 50 million American households. Within weeks of its publication, the Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation, and the three leading detergent manufacturers—Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, and Lever Brothers—removed the enzymes from their products.


SECRETS: A WRITER IN THE COLD WAR
The legacy of the Cold War is explored as Brodeur describes his career as an investigative reporter for The New Yorker, and crosses swords with the FBI, the CIA, the military, and the State Department. The author accuses the Department of lying to its employees and the American people about the Soviet irradiation of the American Embassy in Moscow, and backs it up by revealing testimony of the daughter of Ambassador Walter Stoessel, who died of leukemia he developed while stationed in Moscow.



“[Brodeur] presses the questions that need to be asked by people who want to know why we contaminate the earth, the air and the oceans in the sacred name of national security and next year’s corporate profit.”

Lewis H. Lapham
The New York Times
Book Review



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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