More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War
More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War
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Annotation: A nonfiction account of one of the most deadly outbreaks of disease in human history--the Spanish Flu.
Genre: [Health]
Catalog Number: #167789
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 291 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-14512-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-14512-3
Dewey: 614.5
LCCN: 2017041236
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
There are lots of books for teens about WWI, but this vivid account takes a fairly fresh approach: Davis (In the Shadow of Liberty, 2016) argues persuasively that the Spanish flu pandemic had as much not more an effect on the outcome of WWI than any military strategy. Citing plenty of primary sources, Davis lays out how the pandemic was spread, the largely ineffective efforts to curtail it, and the many ways government officials, swept up in waves of nationalism, ignored the advice of medical professionals, which ultimately made the pandemic worse. Davis lands hard on that last point he story of the Spanish flu . . . is about how important it is to guard against unreasoning terror that has no basis in fact or science" d although that sentiment occasionally gets lost in the staggering statistics and often-gruesome personal accounts, it's one that will ring especially true for today's young readers. Robust back matter provides further context, and plenty of historical photos and reproductions bolster the text. Engaging and illuminating.
Kirkus Reviews
Facts, quotes, anecdotes, and visual images tell the combined history of the 1918 flu epidemic and World War I, emphasizing the role of disease in changing history. The introduction and nine chapters open with apt quotes, usually followed by a personal story, such as one in which a 16-year-old Walt Disney contracts the flu during Red Cross training. Statistics underscore the power of the epidemic, in which 100 million may have died worldwide. The ties between the war and the epidemic are made clear throughout. The first case was reported in an army camp in Kansas. Troops spread the disease around the U.S. and brought it to Europe, where it killed combatants on both sides of the war. Civilians caught it at schools and parades, and with no cure available, it was devastating. Although most of the medical, political, and military figures introduced are white males, brief sections discuss racism and the flu, relating stories about Native Alaskans on the Seward Peninsula and an Ogala family in Nebraska. Adequate black-and-white photographs break up the text every few pages. The smooth narrative excels at connecting the epidemic and the war but assumes a modicum of background knowledge about the war and occasionally suffers from repetitiveness. A 40-page appendix reviews the role of disease in history. Readable and informative. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)
Publishers Weekly
Davis (In the Shadow of Liberty) immediately sets the urgent tone of his forthright chronicle, citing staggering statistics: the Spanish Flu pandemic that began in spring 1918 claimed the lives of more than 675,000 Americans in a single year and left a worldwide death toll estimated at 100 million. The author structures his exhaustive account of the origins, transmission, and consequences of the pandemic within the framework of WWI, underscoring the lethal concurrence of these -twin catastrophes.- The first recorded flu outbreak in the U.S. occurred at a military training camp in Kansas; infected soldiers then spread the virus on Europe-bound transport ships and delivered it to frontline barracks and trenches. Davis puts a human face on the pandemic, interlacing tales of political, military, and civilian luminaries struck by the flu, and also connects with readers through contemporary analogies, likening German propaganda to -fake news,- and a sneeze-s emission of fast-flying, virus-carrying droplets to -a video game with space invaders.- Davis also assiduously documents modern medical research and puts the pandemic in the context of medical history. Patriotic posters and photos illuminate both the spirit and devastation of the period. Ages 10-14. (May)

Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 39,884
Reading Level: 8.8
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.8 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 195118 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:11.6 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q73589
Lexile: 1170L

From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a fascinating account of the Spanish influenza pandemic 100 years after it first swept the world in 1918. "Davis deftly juggles compelling storytelling, gruesome details, and historical context. More Deadly Than War reads like a terrifying dystopian novel--that happens to be true." --Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Undefeated A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Month With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. This dramatic narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I--and how it could happen again. Complete with photographs, period documents, modern research, and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, this book provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early twentieth century. Praise for More Deadly Than War A Junior Library Guild Selection " More Deadly Than War is a riveting story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918, packed with unforgettable examples of the power of a virus gone rogue. Kenneth C. Davis's book serves as an important history--and an important reminder that we could very well face such a threat again." --Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. "With eye-popping details, Kenneth C. Davis tracks the deadly flu that shifted the powers in World War I and changed the course of world history. In an age of Ebola and Zika, this vivid account is a cautionary tale that will have you rushing to wash your hands for protection." --Karen Blumenthal, award-winning author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different * "Davis once again makes history accessible for students from the middle grades through high school." -- VOYA , STARRED review

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