2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern times: the Spanish flu, a story even more relevant today. This dramatic narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I—and how it could happen again.
Complete with photographs, period documents, modern research, and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, More Deadly Than War provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early twentieth century.
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
“An important history—and an important reminder that we could very well face such a threat again.”—Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poison Guide: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
“In an age of Ebola and Zika, this vivid account is a cautionary tale that will have you rushing to wash your hands for protection.”—Karen Blumenthal, award-winning author of Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction The Purple Death 2
Chapter 1 "The Yanks are Coming" 20
Chapter 2 The Spanish Lady 48
Chapter 3 "Blue as Huckleberries and Spitting Blood" 66
Chapter 4 "Over the Top": A Brief History of World War I 88
Chapter 5 "Over There": The First Wave-Spring-Summer 1918 116
Chapter 6 "Obey the Laws and Wear the Gauze": The Second Wave-Autumn 1918 136
Chapter 7 The World Turned Upside Down 160
Chapter 8 Peace and Plague 174
Chapter 9 Back to Brevig Mission 192
Afterword Relapse? 210
Appendix 1 Miasmas, Microbes, and Mosquitoes: A Brief History and Time Line of Disease and Medicine 222
Appendix 2 Preventing the Flu: Advice from the CDC 264