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(Virtual) Book Club: The Great Influenza


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Join us for our next (virtual) book club! Spend a relaxed evening chatting about the book (and often many other life topics!), with your favourite drink in hand.

Tilburg International Club Book ClubDate: Tuesday, 20 April 2021

RSVP: by 19 February 2021

Member Cost: Free!

Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

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.


We have selected for our next book club …

The Great Influenza

The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in Histor

Tilburg International Club Book Club

The influenza 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, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the aftermath of Covid-19 and future pandemics looming on the horizon.


  • ‘Everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history’ — Bill Gates
  • ‘Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject’ — New York Times Book Review
  • Monumental… powerfully intelligent… not just a masterful narrative… but also an authoritative and disturbing morality tale — Chicago Tribune
  • ‘A sobering account of the 1918 flu epidemic, compelling and timely’ — Boston Globe
  • ‘Majestic, spellbinding treatment of a mass killer’ – Kirkus
  • ‘History brilliantly written… The Great Influenza is a masterpiece’ — Baton Rouge Advocate

There is no book that could be more appropriate for our times, and no time better than the present to understand the many effects of a pandemic. We hope you will plan to get this interesting book and join us as we compare our situation with the first pandemic of modern times. So, mark your calendars and  plan to join us.

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