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The great influenza : the story of the deadliest pandemic in history / John M. Barry.

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  • ISBN: 9780143036494
  • ISBN: 0143036491
  • Physical Description: 546 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Updated edition / with a new afterword.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Penguin Books 2005" -- Verso.
Originally published in hardback as The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history. New York : Viking Penguin, 2004.
"Updated with a New Afterword on the 100th Anniversary of 1918" --Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [467]-528) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The warriors -- The swarm -- The tinderbox -- It begins -- Explosion -- The pestilence -- The race -- The tolling of the bell -- Lingerer -- Endgame.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 > United States.
Medicine > United States > History > 20th century.

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