Sunday, May 3, 2009

Viroses and politics in United States


The Great Influenza:
The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
by John M. Barry
Penguin, New York (2005)
465 pp, $16 in paper
ISBN 0-14-303649-1


This is also a tale of political arrogance, abuse of power and the engendering of a climate of pervasive fear and enforced silence, the intentional policies of a president who was re-elected because he kept America out of war and then smashed all dissent to lead the nation into Europe’s maelstrom. It’s the tale of an intimidated and controlled press and a government that nobody believed anymore, and an ‘everybody for themselves’ breakdown of the social order in the face of an epidemic that Woodrow Wilson never admitted to the American people.




(1)"the face of an epidemic that Woodrow Wilson never admitted to the American people."Source:http://www.thepanamanews.com/pn/v_13/issue_07/review_01.html

In 1918, during the flu epidemic that killed 50 to 100 million people around the planet, U.S. President lied minimizing the epidemic as a common cold because of their interest in winning the war against Germany and did not want to demoralize the army.The american media was censored too. (taken from CNN tv Spanish)

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