"Monumental... an authoritative and disturbing morality tale."—Chicago Tribune
The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic.
At the height of WWI, 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.
Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.
About the Author
John M. Barry is the author of four previous books: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America; Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports; The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer (cowritten with Steven Rosenberg); and The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington. He lives in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
"Monumental... powerfully intelligent... not just a masterful narrative... but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale." —Chicago Tribune
"Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject." —The New York Times Book Review
"Hypnotizing, horrifying, energetic, lucid prose..." —Providence Observer
"A sobering account of the 1918 flu epidemic, compelling and timely. —The Boston Globe
"History brilliantly written... The Great Influenza is a masterpiece." —Baton Rouge Advocate