About this book
This book tells the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918, and traces the course of its devastating effects. With bird flu much in the news these days, the book also questions whether we're more ready now to deal with such an event.
'Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world,' commented the Times, '[and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically accepted.' When the Great Influenza pandemic finally ended, in April 1919, 228,000 people in Britian alone were dead. This book tells the story of the Great Influenza pandemic.