|Plot Summary of The Great Influenza|
|"The year is 1918 and the entire world is focused entirely upon the terrible effects of World War I and trying to win. However as men fight and die in the battlefield a much more terrible threat is looming. But even as this happens, polititans and world leaders ingnore the plea of scientists who tried desperatly to warn to world of the impeding crisis.
The Great Influenza is a graphic account of the horrible, and widley unknown events of 1918 when a plauge worse than any other in human history ravaged the world. The "Story" of sorts starts with an account of the first few "reports" of the flu in military bases which were literal breeding grounds for the virus. Young men in training to be sent to the war in Europe began to develop strange symptoms, often overlooked for the basic cold at first they were shipped out to Europe-beginning the spread of Influenza.
The book goes on to carefully describe the chronology of the Pandemic and at first it's effects on the body. In graphic detail we are told how people could kiss their spouse good bye in the morning and not survive lunch. How the virus so terribly ravaged the bodies of healthy young people in their prime by destroying their bodies cell by cell.
Alex, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Great Influenza|
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Kind Of History
Time of history:
- Early 1900's
History of disaster/tragedy?
Kind of disaster:
Subjects of this Historical Account
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
- Somewhat sympathetic
Intelligence of subject of
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is moderately liberal
How much gore?
- 8 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 2 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel...
- in awe
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses on brief history of a lot of players
How much romance?
- 1 ()
Minor characters feature lots of:
Is this a kid's book?
- Ages 16-Adult
- A handful
Length of book
- 400-450 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 10 ()
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