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More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War

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More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War

Author Kenneth C. Davis shares with readers a thorough review of how the Spanish Flu, a fast-spreading disease, caused more deaths during WWI than then actual war itself. This lethal disease spread quickly around the world, devastating military, as well as civilian, populations. With no vaccines and no effective treatments, the virus wiped out millions of lives around the globe in a short time.

"The author recounts the events, including loads of facts and figures, without being boring."

Davis not only chronicles the path of the Spanish Flu, he brings the story up-to-date by talking about how other viruses, such as SARS, Ebola and ZIKA, have ravaged the world in modern times.

An abundance of photos and other illustrations not only break up the text, they add to the subject matter of each chapter. The author includes both a list of Milestones in World War I and a list of Milestones in Medical History. Also included at the end of the book are Appendix I and Appendix 2, a Bibliography and lists of other sources used, as well as an extensive list of 260 Notes and an Index.

I was aware of this flu pandemic, but I didn't realize the whole story until I read this book. The author recounts the events, including loads of facts and figures, without being boring. Sometimes nonfiction books are dry and difficult to read or follow; this is not one of those books.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on May 29, 2018

More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War
by Kenneth C. Davis