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How could this disease, now almost trivial to healthy young people, have become so virulent? The answer is complex, invoking epidemiology, immunology, and even psychology, but Kolata cuts a swath through medical papers and statistical reports to tell a story of an out-of-control virus exploiting an exhausted world on the brink of transition into modern society. Through letters, interviews, and news reports, she pieces together a cautionary tale that captures the horror of a devastating illness. Research marches onward, but we're still at the mercy of something as simple as the flu. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantastic story and an incredible SHAME they don't teach this era in schools.
Well written and factual.
My grandparents came from poland and then died in the flu pandemic in 1918. Its quite a story about the whole world losing millions of people to this virus that they still don't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jody
I first read this book several years ago when first published. I knew very little about the influenza pandemic of 1918 at the time, and this book lead to reading several others to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PeachPecan
Fascinating story and something we don't necessarily stop to consider.Published 1 month ago by Barbara
I found this a very interesting read. My grandmother died in 1918 during this flu epidemic. My mother was five years old
at the time and was left with five siblings from the... Read more
I am old so much of this is not news to me, but it should be read by anyone under 50.Published 2 months ago by Susan Swayne
I really enjoyed the writing style of this author. I read the book many years ago and could not find my copy. So I ordered one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mk
I was not aware of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. The author is correct, the whole world just did not talk about it. It was very devastating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alana