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Pale rider : the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world

Author: Laura Spinney
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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In 1918, the Italian-Americans of New York, the Yupik of Alaska and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus-one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the twentieth century. The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth-from the poorest immigrants of New  Read more...
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History
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Spinney, Laura.
Pale rider : the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world.
New York : Public Affairs, ©2017
viii, 332 pages
(DLC) 2017933356
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Spinney
ISBN: 9781568588094 1568588097 9781610397681 1610397681 9781473523920 1473523923
OCLC Number: 1002848004
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, map
Contents: Coughs and sneezes --
The monads of Leibniz --
Ripples on a pond --
Like a thief in the night --
Disease eleven --
The doctors' dilemma --
The wrath of God --
Chalking doors with crosses --
The placebo effect --
Good Samaritans --
The hunt for patient zero --
Counting the dead --
Aenigmoplasma influenzae --
Beware the barnyard --
The human factor --
The green shoots of recovery --
Alternate histories --
Anti-science, science --
Healthcare for all? --
War and peace --
Melancholy muse --
Afterword : on memory.
Responsibility: Laura Spinney.

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In 1918, the Italian-Americans of New York, the Yupik of Alaska and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus-one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the twentieth century. The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth-from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted-and often permanently altered-global politics, race relations and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, religion and the arts. It was partly responsible, Spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid and Switzerland to the brink of civil war. It also created the true "lost generation." Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology and economics, Pale Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity.

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