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.
Excellent book, conflicted about narration
This is an amazing overview of the 1918 pandemic as seen from the perspective of US science and medicine in the early 20th century. The author is certain to relate the 1918 pandemic to modern readers, and modern problems, as well. This book is chillingly relevant to the world in which this review is written, late 2020.
However, I do share the reservation of an earlier reviewer that the narration has a negative effect on the list thing experience. The reader has a good voice but so much drama is put into every sentence — into every clause it seems — that it gets to be exhausting listening to it. When something dramatic really does happen, you’re in danger of missing it, thanks to the overemphasis placed on every word. A previous reviewer seems to be triggered by anyone who would dare find any issue with this narrator, but there it is, my opinion.
Do Your Self a Favor and Read This!
A must read. Well written, extensively researched and I love the readers voice. This should be required reading in High School biology class. There is no such thing as “unprecedented” when talking about a current epidemic. An excellent, apolitical book exploring history for the benefit of the future. Do your self a favor and read this.
What a moron - to berate Scott Brick!
Can’t believe the other reviewer said the narrator’s voice , the illustrious Scott Brick, probably one of the absolute best audiobook readers in the world who has an incredible golden voice , and plays the characters perfectly in every book I have ( I probably own 50 audiobooks he has read)