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

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Social Science - 330 pages
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The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many American soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. And no area of the globe was safe. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out.

Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. 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. Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, most important, what can be done to prevent it.

 

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Fascinating, terrifying and educational. - Goodreads
A little hard to read - the author does ramble on. - Goodreads
Gina Kolata is a very good writer. - Goodreads
Great, great writer. - Goodreads
Kolata is an excellent writer, the story has the tw - Goodreads
Perhaps I should have been a research scientist. - Goodreads

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I honestly didn't finish this book. It started off very interesting but then just got too bogged down. Read full review

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This is a frightening story. The influenza epidemic of 1918 killed 100 million people worldwide. Could it happen again? Some dedicated researchers spent years trying to resurrect and study the deadly ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
A HISTORY OF DISEASE AND DEATH
FROM SAILORS TO SWINE
A SWEDISH ADVENTURER
SWINE
A LITIGATION NIGHTMARE
JOHN DALTONS EYEBALLS
AN INCIDENT IN HONG KONG
FROM ALASKA TO NORWAY
MYSTERIES AND HYPOTHESES
ALSO BY GINA KOLATA
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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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