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Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It

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A national bestseller, the fast-paced and gripping account of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 from acclaimed science journalist Gina Kolata, now featuring a new epilogue about avian flu.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the U.S. population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;Flu,andlt;/Iandgt; Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times,andlt;/Iandgt; unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A gripping work of science writing, andlt;Iandgt;Fluandlt;/Iandgt; addresses the prospects for a great epidemicand#8217;s recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

Review:

"Kolata reports this story with all the fervor of Coleridge's ancient mariner, gripping her readers in the book's first paragraph and not letting go until her tale is told." John R. Alden

Synopsis:

When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the U.S. population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die.

In Flu, 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. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.

A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic's recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Gina Kolataandlt;/Bandgt; is a science reporter for andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; and the author of andlt;Iandgt;Clone: The Road to Dolly and Sex in America.andlt;/Iandgt; She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

  1. The Plague Year

  2. A History of Disease and Death

  3. From Sailors to Swine

  4. A Swedish Adventurer

  5. Swine Flu

  6. A Litigation Nightmare

  7. John Dalton's Eyeballs

  8. An Incident in Hong Kong

  9. From Alaska to Norway

  10. Mysteries and Hypotheses

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203982
Author:
Kolata, Gina
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
Influenza
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Microbiology
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919
Subject:
Influenza -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
flu; flu epidemic; flu epidemic history; influenza; influenza pandemic; 1918 influenza pandemic; medical history; medical mystery; medical reporting; 20th century history; Great Flu Epidemic; 1918 epidemi; 1918 flu pandemic; science writing; science myste
Subject:
flu; flu epidemic; flu epidemic history; influenza; influenza pandemic; 1918 influenza pandemic; medical history; medical mystery; medical reporting; 20th century history; Great Flu Epidemic; 1918 epidemi; 1918 flu pandemic; science writing; science myste
Subject:
flu; flu epidemic; flu epidemic history; influenza; influenza pandemic; 1918 influenza pandemic; ebola; ebola virus; swine flu; germ warfare; hemorrhagic fever; medical history; medical mystery; medical reporting; 20th century history; Great Flu Epidemic;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. AU-ARI-92-8
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
reduced insert rdg 9/11
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.025 oz

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Product details 352 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780743203982 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kolata reports this story with all the fervor of Coleridge's ancient mariner, gripping her readers in the book's first paragraph and not letting go until her tale is told."
"Synopsis" by ,

When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the U.S. population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die.

In Flu, 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. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.

A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic's recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.

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