Very, Very, Very Dreadful

Very, Very, Very Dreadful

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

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In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself. Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of eighteen months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people--one-third of the global population at the time--came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million.--Provided by Publisher.
In this powerful book, filled with black and white photographs, nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.--Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781101931462
Branch Call Number: TEEN 614.518 Marrin
Characteristics: 198 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm


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JCLMelissaHH Oct 11, 2018

A century ago, waves of influenza washed around the entire globe, sweeping away millions of lives. The lessons learned in the Spanish flu of 1918 continue to impact every aspect of our lives, even as the full scope of the epidemic remain a mystery.

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ArapahoeBridget Jun 28, 2018

Interesting, good photos, and I learned quite a bit. Pro-tip: don't read this on your lunch (or other meal) break; it's gross.


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