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The Complete War of the Worlds

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:11 pm    Post subject: The Complete War of the Worlds Reply with quote

On Valentine's weekend, my girlfriend and I took a road trip to the city where I grew up, which is a couple of hours from where I live now. The highlight of the trip was visiting my favorite second hand bookstore, which I have been frequenting, albeit less frequently than I once did, for more than 30 years.

My big find this trip was a beautiful coffee table book titled The Complete War of the Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles. The book includes both the complete script of the 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air radio production as well as H.G. Wells' 1896 novel with the original illustrations from its initial magazine serialization. It also contains analysis of the aftermath and legacy of the infamous broadcast.

By far, the best part of the book was the companion CD that includes absolutely the cleanest, best sounding copy of the complete radio play that I have ever heard. Additionally, the CD includes an excerpt from Orson Welles' press conference that took place the day after the broadcast, the radio interview in which Orson Welles met H.G. Wells for the first and only time, an excerpt from a Rock-n-Roll remake of War of the Worlds produced by WKBW in Buffalo, NY in 1968 for the 30th anniversary of the original broadcast (available in its entirety at archive.org), and part of an interview with Orson Welles in the 1970s where he reflects on that infamous broadcast. There is also commentary before and after each track.

I highly recommend this book and CD combo.
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