Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

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Touchstone, Jan 9, 2001 - History - 352 pages
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A national bestseller, the fast-paced and gripping account of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 from acclaimed science journalist Gina Kolata, now featuring a new epilogue about avian flu.

When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated forty million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the US population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die.

In Flu, Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for The New York Times, unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.

A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic’s recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

It was nice to find scientific writing come through with a taste of a great adventure. It might be a bit tedious if you don't like the meticulous series of success and failures that accompany ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

Beautifully research, well-told story of the first 20th-century "plague." It has happened before, and it will happen again. In a war between us and the buggies, they can adapt faster than we can react. Read full review

Contents

The Plague Year
3
A History of Disease and Death
35
From Sailors to Swine
55
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About the author (2001)

Gina Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times and the author of Clone: The Road to Dolly and Sex in America. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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