Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It

Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It

In 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the U.S. population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die.

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.
In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many American soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. And no area of the globe was safe. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out.
Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for "The New York Times," unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, most important, what can be done to prevent it.

Title:Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780743203982
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    Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”This is a detective story. Here was a mass murderer that was around 80 years ago and who’s never been brought to justice. And what we’re trying to do is find the murderer.”--Jeffery Taubenber...

  • Ned Ryerson

    I love a good disease book. And I think the 1918 flu is just about as fascinating as you can get. But this book talks more about theories and old-timey labs than it does about the human side of this e...

  • Jeanette (Again)

    Did not finish. If you're looking for a book about what it was like to experience the 1918 flu pandemic, this is not the book you want. The title of this book should be The Search for the Virus That C...

  • Doreen Petersen

    Outstanding book with lots of scientific info. So much time and energy was spent by many, many people to find out the cause of the 1918 flu pandemic but alas not definitive answer has yet been found. ...

  • Lynne King

    This book was just excellent and that's all that needs to be said.I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in medical history and likes Germ Theory. Why I didn't study science at university instea...

  • Elizabeth

    Unfortunately I found the writing horribly awkward and clunky. And worst of all for me, extremely repetitive and long-winded. I'm fairly certain the book could have been at least a third shorter if th...

  • Kaethe Douglas

    Outstanding. I picked it up a second time because it's in my interests, without recognizing it. It was outstanding the second time through, so I finished it again.***Mar 12, 2020Came up today, since t...

  • Betsy

    The title is a little bit of a misnomer. It's not so much a history of the pandemic -- just a portion of the first chapter is devoted to that -- as a history of the efforts of scientists subsequent to...

  • Jose Moa

    A good book on the deadly, ill named, spanish flu because today nobody knows where exactly this pandemia begun.The book is devoted to the history,epidemiology and investigation of this letal virus,tha...

  • Charles

    "Flu" is a quick, easy, read that skims over the 1918 Pandemic and introduces the reader to the current science of influenza.However, the book draws no solid conclusions, and has no real ending. It al...