Gina Kolata. · Rating details · 5, ratings · reviews. In the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of and the Search for the Virus That Caused It By Gina Kolata. New York: Farrar, Straus. It is sometimes called the “Spanish” flu, probably because neutral Spain did not censor The epidemic per se is not the main subject of Gina Kolata’s interesting .

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These graves were in permafrost areas of Alaska and Spitsbergen a region of Norway just miles from the Arctic Circle.

Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

Dec 27, Chelsea rated it liked it Shelves: I think this was a good, fast-paced interesting read until the end, when it devolved into scientific political struggles and a muddled message.

And I knew that this was where oolata virus has fou to come from, shedding light on the mysteries of Does it really matter that Kirsty Duncan does Celtic dancing? Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for “The New York Times,” unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Nice to know we have such a handy repository of our disease history.

FLU by Gina Kolata | Kirkus Reviews

My one real issue was the completely unnecessary pages gima lis An interesting look at a part of our history that can get glossed over sometimes. The book is devoted to the history,epidemiology and investigation of this letal virus,that killed over 50 million kollata arroun the world in the pandemia ,the most letal after the black dead,and its final reconstruction by means of frozen inuit lungs,dead by the disease, in the alaskan permafrost.


The well-received and highly rated ones are often older, and by the time I get around to reading them, I wish for a more current look at the same topic. On the policy side, Kolata describes the epidemic of bogus lawsuits that arose from the swine flu scare, but klata neglects to follow through with information about the indemnification laws and the excessive industry consolidation that followed.

Some oklata facts I gleaned from the book are: Unfortunately only the first chapter is about and the rest is about the scientists who are trying to isolate the flu virus.

And our ability to avoid a future pandemic depends on our increasing our understanding fairly quickly.

Unfortunately I found the writing horribly awkward and clunky. I could ko,ata bear the thought of slogging through that mess so I just skipped it. Some of the things in this book mirrored [Book: Mar 03, H.

In fact, Barry attributes Woodrow Wilson’s treatment of the League of Nations to a personalty change brought on by the Flu. He looked at a recent edition of the Encyclopedia Americana.

A good book on the deadly, ill named, spanish flu because today nobody knows where exactly this pandemia begun.

Although the pandemic isn’t discussed frequently, I really enjoyed learning about it not only because of its virulence but also because it explains what the designations H1N1 etc. If you are interested in science, medicine, or history this could be a book for you. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.



Nov 17, Charles rated it it was ok. It makes the Black Plague look like a featherweight. Inthe United States developed a vaccine against a viral descendant of the virus that caused an outbreak which, fortunately, burned itself out at Fort Dix. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

I picked it up a second koalta because it’s in my interests, without recognizing it.

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Which, let’s face it, is what’s really interesting. It came, it killed, it disappeared.

It’s a waste of space and it mostly just made me drift, especially when two thirds of those doctors and scientists were never mentioned again. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. Ina pandemic hit the world and killed millions of people from China all the way out to the most remote outposts of the Alaskan wilderness. But this book talks more about theories and old-timey labs than it does about the human side of this epidemic.

Right now, I’m thoroughly enjoying this read by NYT reporter Gina Kolata – it does seem odd that with the impact of the flu we haven’t heard more about it or how it changed American life as we know it. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,