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  • Pale Rider

  • The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
  • By: Laura Spinney
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted - and often permanently altered - global politics, race relations, and family structures while spurring innovation in medicine, religion, and the arts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Predilection for Those in the Prime of Life

  • By Cynthia on 02-12-18

engaging, educational, surprising

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Reviewed: 06-22-18

I have been telling everyone I know about this book! A truly global history, with accessible information about epidemiology and scientific concepts for a non-specialist. I learned so much about the history of medicine, especially in non-Western nations, and the tangential effects that the 1918 flu had on virtually every aspect of 20th century life, whether we realize it or not. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of science, military history, cultural history, and everything in between.