John M. Barry is a historian and a prize-winning New York Times best-selling author of non-fiction work. Two of his books directly involved him in policy-making in the United States.
After Hurricane Katrina, he was a member of a board responsible for disaster response. After the SARS outbreak in 2004, he began working with federal government entities on preparing for another influenza pandemic. He has served on the federal government's Infectious Disease Board of Experts.
His New York Times bestseller was published in 2004, “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History “
John M. Barry was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated from Brown University. He now lives in New Orleans.