Read Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World Online Free - With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.
In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.
Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology, and economics, Laura Spinney narrates a catastrophe that changed humanity for decades to come, and continues to make itself felt today. In the process she demonstrates that the Spanish flu was as significant – if not more so – as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.
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June 29, 2017
This wasn’t the jolliest read, but heck, my friendly GR poppets, life is not all ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee.
When she was around 11 or 12 I used to play a game with my daughter called WHO WOULD WIN? I’ll give you an example – the first player says something like “who would win in a fight between a lio...
November 17, 2017
It's a 3.5 star book. It's a 4 star book up until about page 250. I would have given it a solid 4 if she had ended it there with some summation of her research. But from "Melancholy Muses" onward- it was HER opinion, supposition, context correlations to possible cause and effects to epidemics of...
January 20, 2018
Nerd addendum update (Jan. 2018):
After my review below, the NY Times gave this book a favorable review as a science book and even made it an overall weekly "Editors' Choice." People can have different tastes in literature, but for science non-fiction, factual accuracy must override the esthetics...
October 27, 2017
One of these days, I'm actually going to write a story about an epidemic that will justify all the reading I've done on the subject. But in the meantime, I just find it fascinating. This is one of the better books about the 1919 epidemic that I've read. Laura Spinney goes into the history of huma...
June 16, 2017
I really enjoyed this! A very interesting and comprehensive study of an often overlooked period of history, the Spanish Flu of 1918(-1920, roughly), and how it impacted the world.
I'll get the few problems I had with it out of the way first, just to be comprehensive.
Problem 1. There was too much f...
November 11, 2017
Horrified to learn that Donald Trump's family got their wealthy start from an insurance policy on his German immigrant grandfather who died from the flu, his widow and son investing his life insurance in property . . . oh how the world might be different today if Donald Trump's grandfather hadn't...
January 13, 2018
Pale Rider is a book that covers a topic that has emerged from our collective memory of WWI over the last 20 years or so. Although the flu pandemic of 1918 killed far more people than the war it is only recently that it has been talked about, written about and analyzed. In the final pages of the...
November 17, 2017
This is a book about the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920. The author provides an international perspective on the great epidemic and its spread around the world, as well as an update on current research on this mother of all epidemics. It compares well with and complements John Barry’s book on the Gr...
August 16, 2017
The First World War looms large in our collective cultural memory, arguable even larger than the Second World War, though more people died in that conflict. This has been ascribed to a multitude of factors - the pointless, the waste, the static pace, the fact that the 'War to End All Wars' only s...
October 04, 2017
Wow, this is quite a survey on the Influenza epidemic of 1918. Though Spinney throws around a lot of numbers, they don't get in the way of the story.
The facts of the epidemic got lost in the immediacy and drama of WWI. It took time to pull together the scope and impact of the epidemic. Killing be...