The Great Influenza by John M. Barry audiobook

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

By John M. Barry
Read by Scott Brick

Penguin Random House, Penguin Audio
19.45 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, 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 weeks than AIDS has 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 between modern science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, THE GREAT INFLUENZA weaves together multiple narratives, with characters ranging from William Welch, founder of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, to John D. Rockefeller and Woodrow Wilson. Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

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New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Medical History

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, 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 weeks than AIDS has 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 between modern science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, THE GREAT INFLUENZA weaves together multiple narratives, with characters ranging from William Welch, founder of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, to John D. Rockefeller and Woodrow Wilson. Ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"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  
"Hypnotizing, horrifying, energetic, lucid prose... Providence Observer
"Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject. The New York Times Book Review
Over a year on The New York Times bestseller list
Monumental... powerfully intelligent... not just a masterful narrative... but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale.  Chicago Tribune 
“Scott Brick would make a fine lecturer…Brick’s steady voice perfectly details the state of medical research in the 1800s, underlining the point that it was nonexistent. He allows a slight tinge of incredulity in his voice when he relates that doctors simply did what they had always done, never questioning their practices. When Brick gets to the epidemic itself, which started out of sheer greed and the stupidity of the government in Philadelphia, the listener is ready for it. Be prepared to be horrified.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: John M. Barry

Author Bio: John M. Barry

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author whose books have won several dozen awards. In 2005 the National Academies of Science named The Great Influenza as the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine. His other books have won the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians and have been named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has had considerable influence on both pandemic policy and flood protection. Both the Bush and Obama administrations sought his advice on influenza preparedness and response, and he was a member of the original team which developed plans for non-pharmaceutical interventions to mitigate a pandemic. The National Academies of Science asked him to give the keynote speech at its first international scientific meeting on pandemic influenza, and he was the only non-scientist on a federal government Infectious Disease Board of Experts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English