The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 4th 2005
Pages no: 546
Edition language: English
, American History
, World History
Very educational and interesting. Compelling
THE definitive book on the subject of the 1918 influenza pandemic. More recent and way more detailed (and referenced!) than Gina Kolata's book, Flu, which I also read. The particular value of Barry's book, in addition to tracing the actual courses of the global waves of infection (there were at leas...
Don't, as I did, make the mistake of reading this on a plane, or you, too, will have an influenza/Twelve Monkeys experience of others' ubiquitous pathogens.Barry is repetitive at times. I didn't mind the long tangential segments that provided background for his flu-based sections. It felt grand and ...
Read it for a biotech class in college and really enjoyed it- I mean, it shined pretty brightly compared to my biochem textbook
Very interesting. Other reviewers thought the book should have been written as 2 books - one on the scientists, one on the epidemic - but I thought it was fine. This is mainly a book about American scientists (you get the feeling that they were the only country working on the influenza epidemic but ...