David N Meyer is a content editor at getAbstract and author of "The 100 Best Films To Rent You've Never Heard Of," "Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music," "The Bee Gees: The Biography," and other books. You can find his essays on film and music at davidnmeyer.com
John Barry details how a world war, a mutating virus and mismanaged government responses made the 1918 influenza pandemic so deadly.
In his wonderful, compelling and disturbing debut, cultural phenomenon and magazine writer Tim Ferriss writes like an adolescent genius. His hypnotic tone, originality and rigor grab you from start. His sheer daring is manifest in his…