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Flu

The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Gina Kolata

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many American soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. And no area of the globe was safe. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out.

Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for The New York Times, unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, most important, what can be done to prevent it.

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  Flu
1THE PLAGUE YEARThis is a detective story. Here was a mass murderer that was
around 80 years ago and who’s never been brought to justice.
And what we’re trying to do is find the murderer.—Jeffery Taubenberger, molecular pathologist
 
 When the plague came, on those chilly days of autumn, some said it was a terrible new weapon of war. The plague germs were inserted into aspirin made by the German drug company Bayer. Take an aspirin for a headache and the germs will creep through your body. Then your fate is sealed.No, the plague came in on a
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gina Kolata

  • Gina Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times and the author of Clone: The Road to Dolly and Sex in America. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Flu

The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Gina Kolata

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