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The Great Influenza


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In 1918, the world faced the deadliest pandemic in human history. What can the story of the so-called Spanish Flu teach us about the fight against present day crises, and how to prepare for future outbreaks?

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 Amer-ica; Power Plays- Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports; The Transformed Cell- Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer (co-written with Steven Rosenberg); and The Ambition and the Power- A True Story of Washington. He lives in New Orleans and Wash-ington, D.C.


'Everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history' -- Bill Gates
'Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject'
Monumental... powerfully intelligent... not just a masterful narrative... but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale -- Chicago Tribune
'A sobering account of the 1918 flu epidemic, compelling and timely' -- Boston Globe
'Majestic, spellbinding treatment of a mass killer' -- Kirkus
'History brilliantly written... The Great Influenza is a masterpiece' -- Baton Rouge Advocate

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