The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

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Penguin, 2005 - History - 546 pages

At the height of WWI, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that brings us up to speed on the terrible threat of the avian flu and suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.

 

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This book by John Barry is excellent. I must confess that, when I started the book, I was not sure why he spoke about the history of the John Hopkins Institute or the Rockefeller Institute. However ... Read full review

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Much of this book covers medical history and the development of decent medical schools in the U.S.A. along with researchers in microbiology. There is mention that this influenza affected the world yet ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
THE WARRIORS
9
THE SWARM
89
THE TINDERBOX Part IV IT BEGINS
167
EXPLOSION
195
THE PESTILENCE
229
THE RACE
253
THE TOLLING OF THE BELL
297
LINGERER
367
ENDGAME
399
AFTERWORD
449
Acknowledgments
463
Notes
467
Bibliography
507
Index
529
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John M. Barry is the author of four previous books, including the highly acclaimed and award-winning Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.

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