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The Great Influenza

The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

John M. Barry

At the height of WWI, historys 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 th...
Publish Date
October 4
First Published in 2004
Goodreads rating
May 18, 2020
We’re living through an unprecedented time right now. But if you’re looking for a historical comparison, the 1918 influenza pandemic is as close as you’re going to get. Barry will teach you almost everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history. Even though 1918 was a very different time from today, The Great Influenza is a good reminder that we’re still dealing with many of the same challenges.      source
@Nilperoral @cshif42 @MharishiValmiki There is a great book called the Great Influenza.      source
Mar 09, 2020
*The human suffering from this virus will be terrible enough and will expose what John Barry predicted in the epilogue to “The Great Influenza” in 2006, a must-read book about 1918 influenza: efficiencies imposed on hospital systems and “just-in-time” supply chains are threats. 3      source
Jan 22, 2020
@Holykisses Remember the Great Influenza of 1918 (amazing book by Barry)...40-50 million died at a 10% kill rate. The higher the rate, the faster it is likely to burn itself out. 10% is a global pandemic nightmare.      source
Feb 29, 2020
@ianbassin John Barry’s book The Great Influenza is a superb must read. More now than ever!      source
Feb 19, 2020
Book recs from this week's show: Dark Towers by @davidenrich The Great Influenza by John Barry Home Game by Michael Lewis      source
Feb 27, 2020
Read this book by @johnmbarry a few years ago...found it fascinating. Decided to re-read...just for insights into disease and their effects on society.      source
Jan 24, 2020
I guess it is a good time to point out that "The Great Influenza" is a great book. If you think modern medicine would have mitigate this one, you haven't read the book.      source
Feb 29, 2020
@heshsson yes1 brilliant book, which also explains flu better than most other things you will read      source