The Spanish Flu (1918) was nothing but a “great tidal wave of death.” It infected a third of the global population. With 50–100 million people dead, it surpassed the First World War (17 million dead) and the Second World War (60 million people) and possibly the two put together.
The Spanish Flu was a shared experience of grief, suffering, and loss. It changed our World forever. There is a sense in which history repeats itself. Spinney’s book helps us see the Pandemic as a social phenomenon. It will do us good to remember this as we face the COVID-19 Pandemic.