- Title: Flu: A Social History of Influenza
- Author: Tom Quinn
- ISBN: 9781845379414
- Page: 250
- Format: Hardcover
This fascinating book explores the havoc caused by the world s most deadly virus and the destruction left behind in its wake.
Recent Comments "Flu: A Social History of Influenza"
Short, but a lot of repeat information. A decent, minor work of scholarship that reads like a thesis paper stretched into a book.
For a book that supposedly differentiates itself as a social history, there is a notable lack of consideration of social factors. And the author's style is not as entertaining as that of Barry or many of the other previous flu writers listed in the bibliography. So it's not at all clear what this adds to an already crowded field. The biggest problem though is that it gets the science wrong and once again repeats the standard nonsense about viruses, for example how they keep mutating until they c [...]
The reason I gave this two stars was because I could barely notice any social aspects, which was what I needed it for. Most of it was more on the scientific side. That being said, the scientific information was very thorough and I learned a lot about several influenza epidemics and pandemics. The pace of the book was fine until the last couple of chapters where it seemed to drag on.
Very informative. Yet not panic-stricken! Very good!
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