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The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
The Great Influenza chronicles the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million to 100 million people. John M. Barry details the flu's origins in Kansas and its rapid spread through military bases and then overseas with the soldiers during World War I. He also explains the evolving medical profession at the time, the fear that spread throughout the populations, and the government's and the press's inept response to the crisis. The Great Influenza has received mostly positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "Barry obviously got utterly and totally enraptured with his subject. Readers who give his book a careful and unhurried perusal are likely to come away with a touch of his infectious fascination."