Pale Rider The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World
  • Pale Rider The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

Pale Rider The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

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Pale Rider The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by L. Spinney

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Spanish Flu Book

 

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to WW1.


The Spanish Flu was clearly a greater killer than current covid 19 virus across the world in a much shorter period of time. There's no expert consensus on where it first broke out — it became known as the Spanish flu, but only because wartime censorship in other countries meant Spain was the first place it received widespread press attention. Many believe it probably started in army training camps on the Western Front. Soldiers returning from the war brought it back to their home countries. Others, though, think it broke out in the US state of Kansas and was spread around the world by American soldiers.

In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. She shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.

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Book Condition:
PERFECT - NEW BOOK
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft Cover
Total Pages:
352
Dimensions in mm :
196 x 128 x 34

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