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 US 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. Download and start listening now!