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Very, Very, Very Dreadful

Albert Marrin


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PUBLISHED: 9th January 2018
ISBN: 9781101931462
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From the author of National Book Award finalist "Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy" comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic--and the chances for another worldwide pandemic. Photos.
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  • Hardcover
    $29.19
PUBLISHED: 9th January 2018
ISBN: 9781101931462
ANNOTATION:
From the author of National Book Award finalist "Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy" comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic--and the chances for another worldwide pandemic. Photos.

Annotation

From the author of National Book Award finalist "Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy" comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic--and the chances for another worldwide pandemic. Photos.

Publisher Description

From National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic--and the chances for another worldwide pandemic.

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.

In this powerful book, filled with black and white photographs, nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge--and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.

Author Biography

Albert Marrin is the author of numerous nonfiction books for young readers, including the National Book Award finalist Flesh and Blood So Cheap- The Triange Fire and Its Legacy; Uprooted- The Japanese-American Experience During WWII; A Volcano Beneath the Snow- John Brown's War Against Slavery; Black Gold- The Story of Oil in Our Lives, and Thomas Paine- Crusader for Liberty, and FDR and the American Crisis.

Review

"This is nonfiction at its best." --Booklist, starred review

Product Details

Author
Albert Marrin
Pages
208
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Year
2018
ISBN-10
1101931469
ISBN-13
9781101931462
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2018-01-09
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Short Title
Very, Very, Very Dreadful
Language
English
Audience
Children/Juvenile