Wondering why H1N1 is such a big deal? This book traces the history of an influenza outbreak more deadly than all the horrors of WWI. A medical thriller richly colored with the times, but gives you a good understanding of a very current pandemic....Continua
Okay, I picked up this book to read thinking I'd just skim through it - instead, I ended up reading it every night until finished.
In the context of the "swine flu" the world is aware of this book was definitely interesting. I loved the backstory that John Barry built in this account of the great influenza outbreak of 1918. What made the book even more compelling is understanding the danger of influenza and how at risk the world is for another outbreak today (enter "swine flu").
As a result of reading this book I'm noticing more stories about influenza outbreaks tucked away in usually unnoticed corners of the paper......Continua
I found this simply terrifying in how little I know, how I'm not prepared and how likely I am to live through this again...starting here in China. A fantastic read!