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Antonio Eram (Founder & CEO / NETOPIA mobilPay)
This book was recommended by Antonio Eram, Founder of NETOPIA mobilPay, when asked for titles he would recommend to people interested in understanding the world around them.
Ryan Holiday (Founder / Brass Check)
This is an incredible book by an incredible author (his Rising Tide I read many years ago and loved). "It was only influenza, it's only influenza," Barry says over and over again. Because that's what people were saying in 1918 as millions of people died, as the US and the world wrestled with an overwhelming pandemic for which they were not prepared. Cities held parades despite the warnings, people insisted on going to church, they declined to wear masks, they told themselves it was a hoax. History repeats itself, and we make the same mistakes over and over again, don't we? The book drags a little at the beginning but once it gets going, it'll sober you up and humble you real fast. In 2005, George W. Bush read this book, spoke with the author and instituted some basic pandemic preparations (not an illiterate leader—in fact, Bush was an underrated reader). And then most of these plans were forgotten about or dismantled and we told ourselves once again, it's only the flu, it's only the flu.
At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that brings us up to speed on the terrible threat of the avian flu and suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.