06 July 2018

More Deadly Than War; Kenneth C. Davis

More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World WarMore Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War by Kenneth C. Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This will be perfect for younger readers who (as the book says) don't know about the 1918 flu pandemic* and that it was as deadly - more so, even - than the Great War. Focusing on the American experience, but touching on what happened around the world, the author shows how the flu spread and talks about attempts to stop that spread (spoiler: most of them didn't work).

For me, the timelines were a little skimpy (why not show a side-by-side of the war and the flu?) and the footnote formatting was the kind I hate most. Students using this for research are going to have to work doubly hard to find the original sources!

ARC provided by publisher.

* I was always aware of the flu, which felled my father's paternal grandfather and left the family struggling.

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