Flu
Flu
The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
Gina Kolata



If you are unfamiliar with this episode of world history, you must read this. —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books

When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But 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.

In Flu, 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. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.

A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic's recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

Title Flu
Subtitle The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
Author Gina Kolata
Publisher Touchstone
Title First Published 09 January 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p.
ISBN-10 0743203984
ISBN-13 9780743203982
Publication Date 09 January 2001
Main content page count 352
Weight 16 oz.
 


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