Cantril, Hadley

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(1906-1969) US psychologist and sociologist whose The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic, with the Complete Script of the Orson Welles Broadcast (1940) with Hazel Gaudet and Herta Herzog not only prints for the first time the script by Howard Koch for Orson Welles's 1938 Radio broadcast of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898), but also – only two years after this notorious event – provides a full analysis of the psychological and sociological mechanisms which drove several million Americans to hear a transparently fictional broadcast as the ongoing report of an actual Invasion. [JC]

see also: The Night that Panicked America.

Albert Hadley Cantril

born Hyrum, Utah: 16 June 1906

died Princeton, New Jersey: May 1969

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