War, Fever, and Baseball in 1918

Babe Ruth in 1919 (Library of Congress/Book cover via Amazon)
Reading that history should offer us a little inoculation against a recurrence of panic and embrace of government authoritarianism.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R andy Roberts and Johnny Smith didn’t set out to write a book about the Spanish-flu pandemic of 1918, but the outbreak looms like the ghost at the banquet over their new book War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War. A recurring storyline that runs through the book’s narrative has a much more urgent feel today as America is in the grips of the worst pandemic since that terrible autumn.

War Fever looks at America in the First World War through the lens of three interwoven stories, all tied to Boston in 1918: baseball legend Babe

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