Pale Rider Lib/E: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

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About the Author

Laura Spinney is a science journalist and a literary novelist. She has published two novels in English, and her writing on science has appeared in National Geographic, Nature, the Economist, and the London Telegraph, among others. Her oral history portrait of a European city, Rue Centrale, was published in 2013 in French and English.

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Set against the devastating backdrop of global contagion, it is individual lives and deaths, discovered in letters, diaries, biographies and memoirs, that epitomize this rich account.

-- "Nature"

Reveals how desperately and differently people reacted and how gravely the flu influenced the modern world, touching everything from medicine to business and from politics to poetry.

-- "Science"

This riveting study plots the course of the deadliest pandemic in history.

-- "Sunday Times (London)"

Ms. Spinney ties the virulence of Spanish flu to its genetic irregularities and does a good job of explaining containment strategies through epidemiology.

-- "Economist (London)"

Pale Rider contains vivid journalistic accounts of outbreaks around the world, from the US to China, India, and Persia...Insightful.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

A compelling, expert account of a half-forgotten historical catastrophe.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"