Verlegt von
Viking (2/04)
Aktuelles Material
Final Pages
Originalsprache
English
Themas
Politics & government
ZURÜCK

THE GREAT INFLUENZA

The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

by Barry, John M.

The strongest weapon against pandemic is the truth. Read why in the definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic.

Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, The Great Influenza provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. As Barry concludes, "The final lesson of 1918, a simple one yet one most difficult to execute, is that.those in authority must retain the public's trust. The way to do that is to distort nothing, to put the best face on nothing, to try to manipulate no one. Lincoln said that first, and best. A leader must make whatever horror exists concrete. Only then will people be able to break it apart."

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 months than AIDS 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 of science and epidemic disease.

John M. Barry is the author of four previous books, including the highly acclaimed and award-winning Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.

Verfügbare Rechte

Language Territory Type Status
German World All Verfügbar Auf Rightsdesk ansehen


Weblink:
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/288950/the-great-influenza-by-john-m-barry/

Kommentare

Monumental ... powerfully intelligent ... not just a masterful narrative ... but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale.

Review: Chicago Tribune

A sobering account of the 1918 flu epidemic, compelling and timely.

Review: The Boston Globe

Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject.

Review: New York Times

More like this