A vivid portrait of Boston in the throes of World War I, and three men whose lives were forever changed by it
In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish flu spread. Newspapermen and vigilante investigators sought to discredit anyone who looked or sounded German. And as the war raged on, the enemy seemed to be lurking everywhere: prowling in submarines off the coast, arriving on ships in the harbor, or disguised as radicals stirring up trouble.
War Fever explores this delirious moment in American history through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Whittlesey, a young lawyer who became an unlikely hero in Europe; and the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. Together, they offer a gripping narrative of America at war and American culture in upheaval.