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From best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a fascinating account of the Spanish influenza pandemic 100 years after it first swept the world in 1918.

"Davis deftly juggles compelling storytelling, gruesome details, and historical context. More Deadly Than War sounds like a terrifying dystopian novel - that happens to be true." (Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Undefeated)

With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. 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 modern research and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, this audiobook provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early 20th century.

©2018 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"More Deadly Than War is a riveting story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918, packed with unforgettable examples of the power of a virus gone rogue. Kenneth C. Davis's book serves as an important history-and an important reminder that we could very well face such a threat again." (Deborah Blum, New York Times best-selling author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York)

"With eye-popping details, Kenneth C. Davis tracks the deadly flu that shifted the powers in World War I and changed the course of world history. 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 Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different)

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Great listen

Written PreCovid, almost eerie. Definitely telling, and full of parallels to what we're seeing today

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great story, like a drama,

I am also impressed by ilistening to a good reader-narrator. those seem to be harder to find for some reason. it all was put together well.

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So telling

This is one of the most important books to read right now. I hope everyone will get it.

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Great sorry History of the correlation

It's short but to the point about the effects of the 1918 flu and World War I on each other.

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wonderful historical comparison of war and epidemi

this is a very good compilation of History comparing war and pandemics throughout the history of the world I really really enjoyed it for historic buffs this is a must

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Full of information.

The numerous occasions that disease, outbreaks and global pandemics changed history. Mainly rom Thermopolea (?) to WW1, myriad scourges had they indelible stamp on the folly of man.