Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History

Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History

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In January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe. In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed more than 50 million people. German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers referred to it as Flanders Grippe, but world-wide, the pandemic gained the notorious title of “Spanish Flu." Nowhere on earth escaped: the United States recorded 550,000 deaths (five times its total military fatalities in the war), while European deaths totaled more than two million.

Amid the war, some governments suppressed news of the outbreak. Even as entire battalions were decimated, with both the Allies and the Germans suffering massive casualties, the details of many servicemen’s deaths were hidden to protect public morale. Meanwhile, civilian families were being struck down in their homes. Philadelphia ran out of gravediggers and coffins, and mass burial trenches had to be excavated with steam shovels. Spanish flu conjured up the specter of the Black Death of 1348 and the great plague of 1665, while the medical profession, shattered after five terrible years of conflict, lacked the resources to contain and defeat this new enemy. Through primary and archival sources, historian Catharine Arnold gives readers the first truly global account of this terrible epidemic.

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  • Diane S ?

    Fifty million dead world wide, over a third of the worlds population dead in just one year. One could greet a friend in the morning, and find out that person died the next day. I can't even imagine th...

  • David

    Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History by Catharine Arnold presents a detailed account of this catastrophe that started in January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terr...

  • abby

    If you are going to read this book, be forewarned: it is riddled with errors. Honestly, this book is an embarrassment to the craft of editing and it should never have hit the selves in it's current fo...

  • Jessaka

    The Spanish Flu Was a Form of the Bird Flu“Who reads books like this? I asked myself as I was reading the first chapter of this book. Still, IO continued to read on. And when I finished reading the ...

  • Vivian

    My WRITE IN VOTE for GR's 2018 CHOICE AWARDS, HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>This is a chronological retracing of the Spanish flu progression 1917-1918. Depends hea...

  • Brandon

    Pandemic 1918 is the story of The Spanish Flu and the devastating effect it had during the early 20th century.I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This was a...

  • Jeanette

    This book is highly anecdotal. It moves from place to place and tells you the happenstance of the dozens and dozens of tragedy epidemic situations (of the exact title) that occurred in 1918-1919. Most...

  • Betsy

    Just reading this book about the tragedy of 100+ years ago is frightening. After 18 months of COVID-19, can we still understand what those people went through in 1918-1919? Well in the morning, dead b...

  • Jonny

    During 1918, while the final stages of the First World War were being thrashed out, the world at large faced a plague of Biblical proportion.The book follows the progress of the flu's two waves across...

  • Liz V.

    From Spring 1918 through 1919, influenza killed an estimated 100 million people, beginning while the world was convulsed with war.Some few medical professionals, with experience with earlier pandemics...