No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals ...Show synopsisNo disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. In his powerful new book, award-winning historian John M. Barry unfolds a tale that is magisterial in its breadth and in the depth of its research, and spellbinding as he weaves multiple narrative strands together.Hide synopsis
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This is the best book on the 1918 flu epidemic in the United States.
I found the first 60 pages with the biographies of the scientists involved a bit too slow but once the pandemic began - I couldn't put the book down.
It does not cover the digging up of the bodies in Alaska for comparasons to today's flus but I was mainly interested in the 1918 pandemic
Mr. Barry has written an adequate history of the 1918 influenza pandemic He succeeds in making the story gripping by interlarding it with dramatic details and mini-biographies adulating doctors who were involved in some way with research related to influenza..
The book conveys a clear impression of the desperation of the time (as Mr. Barry views it). I would have preferred fewer panegyrics and more statistical information.
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