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

Laura Spinney.
Item #: D13437
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 352 / 2018
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781541736122
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The Spanish flu of 1918-20 infected a third of the people on earth—from the poorest immigrants of New York City to Mahatma Gandhi, Woodrow Wilson, and Franz Kafka. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. Laura Spinney traces the pandemic to reveal how it travelled across the globe, disrupting global politics, race relations, and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, religion, and the arts. It was partly responsible, Spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid, and Switzerland to the brink of civil war.


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