The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

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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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JOHN M. BARRY is the prizewinning and New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, among numerous other books. He lives in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
Published October 4, 2005 by Penguin Books. 580 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A keen recounting of the 1918-20 pandemic.

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The worst natural disaster in U.S. history, the Mississippi River flood of 1927, which killed more than 1000 people and left 900,000 homeless from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, had a far-reaching impact on American society, as revealed in this gripping grassroots epic, redolent with gothic passion...

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After hooking the reader with jaw-dropping statistics about the death toll of the epidemic, which started in 1918 and killed at least 21 million people, Barry doesn't mention the epidemic again for nearly 90 pages.

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Johnston Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars "Barry puts the pandemic into a context of medical, national and world history, reminding us that our world treats illness much differently than our ancestors' did.

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