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The great influenza : the story of the deadliest pandemic in history /

by Barry, John M [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookEdition: Updated edition / with a new afterword.Description: 546 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), portraits (black and white) ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780143036494; 0143036491.Subject(s): Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 | Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 -- United States | Medicine -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Contents:
The warriors -- The swarm -- The tinderbox -- It begins -- Explosion -- The pestilence -- The race -- The tolling of the bell -- Lingerer -- Endgame.
Summary: "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. Revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, this is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, providing us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon."--
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Previous edition with new afterword: 2009.

Originally published in Penguin Books: 2005.

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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-527) and index.

The warriors -- The swarm -- The tinderbox -- It begins -- Explosion -- The pestilence -- The race -- The tolling of the bell -- Lingerer -- Endgame.

"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. Revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, this is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, providing us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon."--