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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: March 2006 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 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 & 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 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. "

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About the Author
Author John M. BarryJohn M. Barry is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Great Influenza and the prizewinning history Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. He divides his time between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over 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.