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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 24 weeks than AIDS has killed in 24 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.

    ©2004, 2005 John M. Barry (P)2006 Penguin Audio

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    Over a year on The New York Times best seller list

    "Monumental...powerfully intelligent...not just a masterful narrative...but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale." (Chicago Tribune)

    "Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject." (The New York Times Book Review)

    "Hypnotizing, horrifying, energetic, lucid prose..." (Providence Observer)

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    Should be called “an American history of the great influenza”

    The great influenza was a worldwide phenomenon. Whilst I appreciate the importance of a short history of the medical profession, I don’t understand why this goes into such depth and (amazingly) almost totally concentrated on the history of the American medical tradition. I stopped listening after chapter 2. Either provide a balanced review, or make clear that this is only a partial history from the perspective of the USA. Very annoying.

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    Good description what happened during that time.

    Ich finde das Buch sehr empfehlenswert. Weniger wegen der Beschreibung der damaligen Pandemie an sich, sondern wie sich die wissenschaftliche Forschung und Ausbildung in der Medizin damals gewandelt hat. Wie viele Warnsignale zu Beginn der Pandemie übersehen bzw. bewusst unterdrückt wurden. Und was für eine ausweglose Situation sich dadurch entwickelt hat.

    Daher ist das Buch ein gutes Beispiel wie wichtig Pressefreiheit, Unabhängigkeit der Wissenschaft und fähige Führungspersönlichkeiten sind. Auf die wir achten müssen, damit sich so etwas nicht wiederholt.

    Was man eventuell als Nachteil sehen kann, ist, dass die Geschehnisse sehr detailliert beschrieben werden und wirklich jeder erwähnt wird, dem Ehre gebührt, sodass das Buch sehr umfangreich ist. Das Wichtigste wird aber immer wiederholt, sodass man problemlos nach einer Pause wieder lesen/hören kann.

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    I can highly recommend the book. Less because of the description of the pandemic itself, but how scientific research and medical training changed during that time. How many warning signals were overlooked or deliberately suppressed at the start of the pandemic. And what a hopeless situation this then created.

    Therefore, the book is a good example of how important freedom of the press, independence of science and capable leaders are. Therefore, we have to take care that something like that does not happen again.

    What can be seen as a disadvantage is that the events are described very detailed and really everyone is mentioned who deserves credit, so the book has a large scale. However, the most important things are always repeated, so that you can easily keep reading / listening after a break.