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Author: John M. Barry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780786581795
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In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, 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 weeks than AIDS has 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 between modern science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, THE GREAT INFLUENZA weaves together multiple narratives, with characters ranging from William Welch, founder of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, to John D. Rockefeller and Woodrow Wilson. Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JK | 2/7/2020

    " Amazing details and great story telling. Very timely information given the outbreak of the corona virus. Good lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/19/2011

    " I listened to this on audio tape and found it fascinating.If I had been sitting in my living room reading rather than driving, I might have lost interest or fell asleep which I never did driving.
    The detail and the fascinating people and appalling mistakes held me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 4/13/2011

    " fascinating at so many levels. A great history of the practice of medicine in the US, about the terrible influenza of 1918-19 and even the war! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 4/10/2011

    " Barry does a great job in covering all the basis about how and why the flu was able to spread and kill thousands of people around 1918. My father lived through it as small boy in Philadelphia, a city mentioned often in the book. It was so interesting to hear his own experiences at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/27/2011

    " Reads like a horror novel. Make the move now! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/26/2011

    " Interesting history of the 1918 influenza pandemic with additional background on the state of American and world medical practice, education, and research leading up to the turn of the century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/21/2011

    " Excellent book that describes the history of a pandemic that killed at least 40 million people
    worldwide in a year's time. Though it was coined, "Spanish Influenza", the flu probably
    originated in Kansas, the provides a view of the history of medicine in the United
    States. "

About the Author

John M. Barry is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous award-winning books. Barry has been a keynote speaker at many prestigious events, and his articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, Time, and Newsweek, among others. He is also a regular guest on many television programs, including NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He currently lives in New Orleans.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.