Monday, May 04, 2009

A Great Pandemic Read

As the fear of the great swine flu pandemic of '09 begins to ebb (thankfully) we highly recommend a terrific--and terrifying--book for those interested the last true influenza pandemic, the outbreak of 1918 that killed as many as 100 million people worldwide, decimating some small communities.

It is "The Great Influenza" by John Barry. Meticulously researched, well told and absolutely fascinating in every detail.

(Barry's book on the massive Mississippi River flood of 1927--"Rising Tide"--is also fabulous; if it doesn't stop raining here soon, we'll be recommending it as well!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been reading 'Rising Tide' for some time now. It is an awesome book.

I also like 'Empire Express', about the transcontinental railroad. By David Haword Bain.

(dems2004 from DK)

I like your blog, and I apologize for not getting over here sooner. Keep up the good work.