The Grip Paperback

The Grip Paperback


It came so quickly and hit so hard nobody really knew what to do.  Suddenly, people were dying.  Suddenly, businesses were closed, and masks were required and it was frightening to even get on public transportation.  Suddenly, the world turned upside-down, and no one knew how to make it stop.

It was the influenza pandemic in the fall of 1918, and nothing seemed safe.  This was the modern world, with cars and telephones, movie theaters and mass media.  And it was struck by a version of the flu never seen before, a flu which killed those in the prime-of-life, attacking their lungs until their faces turned plum, causing them to bleed even from their eyes.
As quickly as it came it seemed to disappear with the end of the Great War.  But it wasn’t over.  As restrictions eased and life returned to normal, the flu came back…

The Grip: The 1918 Pandemic and a City Under Siege tells the story of Worcester, Massachusetts, the third largest city in New England at the time, as it struggled to contain a contagion.  Written by academics, historians, high school students and local volunteers, it delves into a time we thought would never happen again.  Join Shawn Driscoll and Linda Hixon to hear how Worcester struggled and fought as over 1,000 people died in just a little over six months before the epidemic finally ended.

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