The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

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The Great Influenza

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Oct 04, 2005
Number of Pages: 562
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#1 New York Times bestseller “Barry will teach you almost everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history.”—Bill Gates “Monumental… an authoritative and disturbing morality tale.”—Chicago Tribune The strongest weapon against pandemic is the truth. Read why in the definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, The Great Influenza provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. As Barry concludes, “The final lesson of 1918, a simple one yet one most difficult to execute, is that…those in authority must retain the public’s trust. The way to do that is to distort nothing, to put the best face on nothing, to try to manipulate no one. Lincoln said that first, and best. A leader must make whatever horror exists concrete. Only then will people be able to break it apart.” At the height of World War I, 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.

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1. Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Dec 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 482
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A revelatory look at the separation of church and state in America—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza For four hundred years, Americans have fought over the proper relationships between church and state and between a free individual and the state. This is the story of the first battle in that war of ideas, a battle that led to the writing of the First Amendment and that continues to define the issue of the separation of church and state today. It began with religious persecution and ended in revolution, and along the way it defined the nature of America and of individual liberty. Acclaimed historian John M. Barry explores the development of these fundamental ideas through the story of Roger Williams, who was the first to link religious freedom to individual liberty, and who created in America the first government and society on earth informed by those beliefs. This book is essential to understanding the continuing debate over the role of religion and political power in modern life.

2. Power Plays

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 214
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3. Rising Tide

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 556
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Provides an account of one of the greatest national disasters the United States has ever experienced and its consequences

4. The Transformed Cell

by: Steven A. RosenbergJohn M. Barry
Release date: Jan 01, 1992
Number of Pages: 384
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The chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute explains his pioneering achievements using “gene therapy” to cure cancer and shares the moving stories of those undergoing treatment. 60,000 first printing. $70,000 ad/promo.

5. The Ambition and the Power

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Jan 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 788
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At the peak of his career, Speaker of the House Jim Wright exercised more power than any other member of Congress in this century. Then, he became the first Speaker of the House to be forced from office. Here, Barry traces the polit ical and legal maneuvering, the deals, personal grudges, and professional “favors” through which our public policy is decided.

6. Geology and Coal Resources of the Upper Waimangaroa and Mt William South Sectors, Buller Coalfield

by: John M. Barry
Release date: Jan 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 34
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