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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John M. Barry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century. Victims bled from the ears and nose, turned blue from lack of oxygen, suffered aches that felt like bones being broken, and died. In the United States, where bodies were stacked without coffins on trucks, nearly seven times as many people died of influenza as in the First World War.

In his powerful new book, award-winning historian John M. Barry unfolds a tale that is magisterial in its breadth and in the depth of its research, and spellbinding as he weaves multiple narrative strands together. In this first great collision between science and epidemic disease, even as society approached collapse, a handful of heroic researchers stepped forward, risking their lives to confront this strange disease. Titans like William Welch at the newly formed Johns Hopkins Medical School and colleagues at Rockefeller University and others from around the country revolutionized American science and public health, and their work in this crisis led to crucial discoveries that we are still using and learning from today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by Tom & Beverly | 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 by 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 by Ryan | 3/27/2011

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

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