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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.