Friday, July 14, 2006

Book #24 - Flu

Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata

3rd book finished for my Summer Reading Challenge

Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)

I tend to put off reading non-fiction for fear of it being too dry, but Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times, and that undoubtedly is what made this so readable. She did a good job of introducing the key players and explaining the science behind the search for the virus in layman's terms, while also keeping it interesting. I come away from it with more awareness of what the flu virus is and its path from the lethal pandemic in 1918 to more recent times. However, I would've appreciated more clarification in the updated epilogue of just how far the research has come, as well as expanding more on current issues. Not recommended for those wanting a very detailed technical history, but as a general overview, it suited my purposes and was worth the read.

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