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Very, very, very dreadful : the influenza pandemic of 1918

Author: Albert Marrin
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself. Of all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult literature
History
Juvenile works
Young adult non-fiction
Young adult nonfiction
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Marrin
ISBN: 9781101931462 1101931469 9781101931479 1101931477 1101931485 9781101931486
OCLC Number: 991204043
Notes: A Junior Library Guild selection.
A Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.--Title page verso.
Target Audience: 1040L
Description: 198 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The great-granddaddy of them all --
The pitiless war --
Diseases of war --
Puny man: drowning in the second wave --
A fear and panic : influenza and American society --
To the bitter end --
A detective story.
Other Titles: Influenza pandemic of 1918
Influenza pandemic of nineteen-eighteen
Responsibility: Albert Marrin.
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In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself. Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of eighteen months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people--one-third of the global population at the time--came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million.--Provided by Publisher.

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