Paul Brodeur

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Paul Brodeur
Born (1931-05-16) May 16, 1931 (age 88)
Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Writer, novelist
Genre Fiction, science

Paul Brodeur (born May 16, 1931) is an American investigative science writer and author, whose writings have appeared in The New Yorker, where he began as a staff writer in 1958. He lives on Cape Cod. For nearly two decades he researched and wrote about the health hazards of asbestos. He has also written about the dangers of household detergents, the depletion of the ozone layer, microwave radiation and electromagnetic fields from power lines. In 1992 he donated 300 boxes of papers accumulated during his research to the New York Public Library. In 2010 he was informed that the NYPL had finished culling the papers it chose to retain in its collection. Brodeur publicly objected, stating that the materials to be removed were essential to understanding his investigative process. Science writer Gary Taubes has said Brodeur's writings on electromagnetic radiation are part of what inspired him to switch from writing about bad practices in physics to epidemiology and public health.

Brodeur's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, and Show Magazine. His 1970 novel The Stunt Man inspired the Academy-Award nominated 1980 film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole as an egotistical movie director.[1]


  • The Sick Fox (novel) – 1963
  • The Stunt Man (novel) – 1970
  • Downstream (short stories) – 1972
  • "Asbestos & Enzymes" – 1972
  • "Expendable Americans" – 1974
  • "The Zapping of America: Microwaves, Their Deadly Risk, and the Coverup" – 1977
  • "The Asbestos Hazard" – 1980
  • "Outrageous Misconduct: the Asbestos Industry on Trial" – 1985
  • "Restitution: The Land Claims of the Mashpee, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Indians of New England" – 1985
  • "Currents of Death" – 1989
  • "The Great Power-Line Cover-Up: How the Utilities and Government Are Trying to Hide the Cancer Hazard Posed by Electromagnetic Fields" – 1993
  • "Secrets: A Writer in the Cold War" – 1997


  1. ^ Janet Maslin (October 17, 1980). "The Stunt Man". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2007.

External links

  • Jim Jerome (January 30, 1978). "The Microwave Menace Is Zapping Us All, Warns Writer Paul Brodeur". People. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  • Paul Brodeur: A Breach of Trust at The New York Public Library
  • The Case of Paul Brodeur vs the NYPL|Felix Salmon
  • – Science Saturday: Why We Get Fat
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