Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney

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Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World Read Online Free - With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.

In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.

Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology, and economics, Laura Spinney narrates a catastrophe that changed humanity for decades to come, and continues to make itself felt today. In the process she demonstrates that the Spanish flu was as significant – if not more so – as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.

Title : Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World
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ISBN : 1910702374
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

June 29, 2017

This wasn’t the jolliest read, but heck, my friendly GR poppets, life is not all ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee. When she was around 11 or 12 I used to play a game with my daughter called WHO WOULD WIN? I’ll give you an example – the first player says something like “who would win in a fight between a lio...

Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

November 17, 2017

It's a 3.5 star book. It's a 4 star book up until about page 250. I would have given it a solid 4 if she had ended it there with some summation of her research. But from "Melancholy Muses" onward- it was HER opinion, supposition, context correlations to possible cause and effects to epidemics of...

Andy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 20, 2018

Nerd addendum update (Jan. 2018): After my review below, the NY Times gave this book a favorable review as a science book and even made it an overall weekly "Editors' Choice." People can have different tastes in literature, but for science non-fiction, factual accuracy must override the esthetics...

Anina e gambette di pollo rated it ★★★★☆

March 06, 2018

Autore: britannica (1971). Saggio storia. Sono pochi i libri in Italia sull’influenza spagnola. Uno è La spagnola in Italia di Eugenia Tognotti, l’altro è questa traduzione della britannica Spinney. Almeno che risultino a me. Tra i lettori qui presenti c’è un nerd statunitense, molto severo nel giud...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017

One of these days, I'm actually going to write a story about an epidemic that will justify all the reading I've done on the subject. But in the meantime, I just find it fascinating. This is one of the better books about the 1919 epidemic that I've read. Laura Spinney goes into the history of huma...

Siobhan rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this! A very interesting and comprehensive study of an often overlooked period of history, the Spanish Flu of 1918(-1920, roughly), and how it impacted the world. I'll get the few problems I had with it out of the way first, just to be comprehensive. Problem 1. There was too much f...

Cindy rated it ★★★☆☆

November 11, 2017

Horrified to learn that Donald Trump's family got their wealthy start from an insurance policy on his German immigrant grandfather who died from the flu, his widow and son investing his life insurance in property . . . oh how the world might be different today if Donald Trump's grandfather hadn't...

Susan O rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

Pale Rider is a book that covers a topic that has emerged from our collective memory of WWI over the last 20 years or so. Although the flu pandemic of 1918 killed far more people than the war it is only recently that it has been talked about, written about and analyzed. In the final pages of the...

Diana rated it ★★★☆☆

February 20, 2018

This book about the Spanish Flu tried to do what other books on the disease haven't done. It discusses the effect of the Flu on countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. Most books on the disease focus on Canada, The United States, and Western Europe. In adding Eastern Europe and Asia to the discussi...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2017

The First World War looms large in our collective cultural memory, arguable even larger than the Second World War, though more people died in that conflict. This has been ascribed to a multitude of factors - the pointless, the waste, the static pace, the fact that the 'War to End All Wars' only s...

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