Pale Rider

Pale Rider

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Book - 2017
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"The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus traveled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted--and often permanently altered--global politics, race relations and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, religion and the arts. It was partly responsible, Spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid and Switzerland to the brink of civil war. It also created the true "lost generation." Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology and economics, Pale Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity"--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2017.
Edition: First US edition.
ISBN: 9781610397674
Call Number: 614.518 SPINNEY
Characteristics: 332 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Subjects: Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
Influenza -- History -- 20th century.
Communicable diseases -- History.
Epidemiology -- History.


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Feb 05, 2018

Excellent history of an event that eclipsed both world wars. The author's witty and anecdotal in telling this story, and has thoroughly researched the topic. The entire book is well thought out, and doesn't overwhelm the reader either. I will be reading her other books too, although there's only a couple.


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