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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Crown Publishing Group | October 16, 2007 | Trade Paperback

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is rated 4.4857 out of 5 by 35.
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We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the only record of the plague years.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.96 × 5.19 × 0.99 in

Published: October 16, 2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307346617

ISBN - 13: 9780307346612

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from World War Z by Max Brooks I didn’t have high expectations for this novel before I cracked the first page. There were many different things being said about World War Z and from what I could tell it was either a hit or miss with the readers. After finishing I could tell why, the novel is full of interviews from survivors of the war which is a unique way to write the entire book. Because of this way of writing, WWZ might throw quite a few people off. There is no following a character through a secured plot while reading this book. I remember complaining about Soulless by Christopher Golden, which also was about zombies and had different viewpoints. I was surprised that by the time I reached the ending of this one I appreciated the overview effect given from the random perspectives. Another thing about the writing that bothered me at the beginning was all of the technical terms that had to do with the military, including things like weapons, aircraft, vehicles etc. I got so lost in the intricate terms that it pulled me away from the story sometimes. After finishing the last page though I felt that brought more to the story than it did take away. I was won over in the end especially with the realism despite it being fiction. Brooks took many things into account like the different countries’ cultures, political leadership, and past wars. This book is very complex, I can admire that. For more book reviews and book related posts check out my websites! http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/ http://spasticmooseful.tumblr.com/
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling I read this book after countless people referred it to me, including my boyfriend who even lent me his copy. I didn’t really know what I had gotten myself into nor what to expect prior to reading it, which was good because then I had no expectations for it. On the whole, though, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll be upfront right now and say I’ve never read a single zombie book, and my experience with zombie movies narrows down to Zombieland, I am Legend, 28 Weeks Later and Warm Bodies. I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to scary stuff, which is why I’ve avoided this topic for so long. But after many reassurances that this book isn’t gory or gruesome, I agreed to reading it. And oh boy, am I glad I did. World War Z isn’t like anything I’ve ever read before. It’s entirely an island unto its own. Although some reviews on Goodreads gave the book one or two stars for its style, I couldn’t agree less. As a journalist myself, I really liked seeing this story unfold through a series of interviews. It was a refreshing take from the age-old story structure you see in most books. The story still had a beginning, middle and end, but it was just written differently. I loved seeing the story of the Zombie War (or World War Z, The Crisis, The Dark Years, The Walking Plague, or Z War One as it’s called around the world) through the eyes of people just like us—mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, elderly, doctors, journalists, politicians, soldiers, students and K-9 retirement home managers… It was chilling the way some people described their experiences. Brooks made me feel like this was actually an historic event, that these people all had experienced something of the utmost horror, that the world was rebuilding itself. Many times I had to stop myself and remind myself that this is just a story. Of course, like with every book, there are some issues I had. I found many of the interviews shared the same tone and voice. There wasn’t a whole lot characterization throughout the various interviewees, which disappointed me, but didn’t make me dislike this book altogether. I can sort of see past this, though… I mean, if we had actually gone through what these people had gone through, wouldn’t many of us be almost displaced from human emotion and merely feel like outside ourselves…through mechanical responses, disjointed from reality and nightmare, hollowed out? And while many of the interviews were interesting to read, there were some that were just plain boring or didn’t add to the story at all. I understand, of course, that not every person you meet will have a gripping tale to tell—but as it’s their story, it’s important to still include it. Brooks traveled the world gathering eye-witness accounts of the War, and he felt compelled to share every story he heard. I admit to skimming through the boring interviews though. But there are some stories that will stick with me for a good long while (and yes, I know these stories aren’t true). I’ve heard some critics have complained that this story lacked any real “face” or main character. So what? This is a documentary-styled story. In order to gain an appreciation and understanding of the global experience of this War, you couldn’t really have a main character. Brooks didn’t aim at creating a typical story; instead, he chose to create a history. And by compiling interviews as his content, he made it seem both honest and realistic. Because 10 years after a War like that, no one wants to read a “story” of the war—they’ll want to have unflinching accounts of it for future generations, none of that “fluffy” stuff. What I particularly liked about World War Z was the fact that it didn’t outwardly explain how or why the disease started or spread. As only natural for people, rumours spread throughout the world, but nothing was ever confirmed. I often find sometimes in movies that when they explain why or how something happened, I always find a hole in the reason and can’t see past that. Because nothing is ever fool-proof, especially in stories of zombies, aliens, vampires, and all those other unworldly stuff. So thank you, Max Brooks, for leaving the hows and whys up to the reader’s interpretation! In the end, I really did like this pseudo-historical account book. It was more than I expected it to be, and while there were some issues with it, I would definitely recommend World War Z to others! So thanks, friends, for pushing me to read this. Side note: The movie called World War Z is set to hit theatres in July, but don’t be fooled by the title—Max Brooks has said that the only true similarity between the book and the movie is that they share the same title. I’m quite sad about that, but I guess there’s nothing we can do about it but to just enjoy the movie as a separate entitity and try not to compare the book to the movie as much as we normally would. To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Very easy read and so much fun loved everything about it.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vivid Detail! You would think a zombie apocalypse actually took place. Told through a series of interviews from the first outbreak to the war on the infestation to the rebuilding of society - first rate detail and vivid account of the courage, strength, tactics and deception required to live through a killer epidemic.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read!! One of the real reasons that this book, to me, is a great read would be the variety of stories that you get. Considering that most zombie novels out there put that " lone wolf survival" aspect in our heads, and you seem to follow one "superhuman" as they kick major zombie ass and manage to save all that is near and dear to them. This novel, on the other hand, brings to life the horror stories, and the fact that if your lucky enough to survive, your loved ones might not be. It really gives you the sense of loss that would come with a situation like a Zombie War, and the true beauty of this novel is that you get to see every single aspect of "World War Z". The stories are told through interviews with vastly different survivors, which gives you a vast image of how this situation effected everyone from a "higher up" to your simple housewife and even children. I also loved how, when you were beginning to believe that all hope is lost......well I don't want to spoil anything lol. But I would truly recommend this novel.
Date published: 2013-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What it's like to live in a Zombied Infested world World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is written by Max Brooks. World War Z is a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdotes. Brooks plays the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who published the report a decade after the ten-year Zombie War. The United Nations left much of his research out of the official report, choosing to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories that form the bulk of Brooks' novel. The interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the changing religious, geo-political, and environmental world in the aftermath of the Zombie War. I like this novel but I would have preferred if it had been done as a series of novels to get more out of the characters and there story. Now I have to wait to see what they'll make of the movie.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and very sweet Loved the book and was disappointed that the audiobook had most of the short and interesting side-themed stories cut out. What they left are the main stories which deal with the rise and fall of the crisis and these are very well read indeed. every character is read by a different voice actor and the quality is pretty darn good and entertaining.
Date published: 2012-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I'm not really into the zombie craze, but I loved the style of this book. It was an easy read for me and I liked the fact that there were no real main characters. I felt more like I was living the experience rather than watching others go through it.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good Finished reading this last night. I don't usually buy something like this, something that seems kind of hokey, but picked it up out of curiosity. Let me tell you I was really surprised, much better than I expected it to be. Brooks does a very good job at making the accounts of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse feel real, as long as you can suspend disbelief regarding zombies in the first place. I highly recommend this if you're into zombie flicks, and I'd even suggest non-fans give it a go.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite audiobooks I have owned the print copy of this book forever but have never managed to squeeze it in. Then I heard they're making a film version and I knew I had to read it before the movie came out. I still wasn't sure I'd have time to read it so I decided to give the audio a shot. I am so glad made the decision to fit this book in. I'm still getting used to the whole zombie genre, but it is growing on me more and more when I see the quality of books like World War Z. Though it's title might suggest otherwise, this book isn't actually about the zombie war but instead about it's aftermath. It takes the form of a reporter collecting eye-witness accounts, after the war has ended. People recount their experiences and explain how they survived. In this way everything feels very removed from the action. It's past tense, it was something that had happened, and it was horrible, but it is in no way the focus of the story. And although some may be disappointed that there's not more action what makes this an incredibly interesting read is that human element that comes with survival stories. The stories are raw, heart wrenching and for the most part remarkable. In addition, it gave me hope if there ever was a large scale disaster (maybe not a zombie war per se, but some sort of infectious disease outbreak) humanity would be able to not only survive it, but rebuild afterwards. World War Z is a really interesting look about the strength of humanity and our ability to overcome obstacles. Don't worry if you're not a zombie fan, there are surprisingly few instances where an actual “living” zombie appears. Instead think of this novel as futuristic historical fiction. All the “facts” are here and presented in a unique and interesting way. Making real life events accessible to anyone who is interested. Notes on the Audio This was my first audio book that was done with a full cast and it was amazing. Each narrator brought something unique to the characters and it really gave you the full experience. There are some incredibly talented people involved in this audiobook and their abilities really shine through. It even has Alan Alda! Imagine MASH but instead of Vietnam its Zombies. It doesn't get much more awesome than that. As an added bonus Max Brooks himself, takes on the narration of the reporter throughout the story. I thought this was a nice touch as it ensured you were being set up with the right tone before each character began their story. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Read my review of Brooks' work on my blog at:http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2011/11/world-war-z-by-max-brooks.html
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Read in the Zombie Fiction Genre!!! Twelve years after the zombie outbreak has been "contained", a reporter travels the world and creates a record of memories from those who survived the zombie apocalypse. My two favourite tales are from the Commander of the International Space Station, who gets stuck in space for the duration of the zombie wars and the interview with the director of the South Korean Intelligence Agency who watches the entire population of North Korea disappear. Very creepy. The coolest thing about this book is the non-fiction, documentary-style approach. If someone who knew nothing about Earth's history were to find this book, they would believe the Zombie Apocalypse happened. Also, people from all walks of life tell their stories. From the everyday man, to the scientist, to the internet geek to the soldier. Everyone gets a say.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zombies Rule! A cautionary accounting of the global war between the undead and the fragments of surviving humans recounted by a series of reports from around the world. The book is double layered as it is fun but also serious in that it serves as a parallel to today's geopolitical cicumstances. Cannot wait for the confimed film adaptation of this zombie chapter. Do not take zombies lightly!
Date published: 2011-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Really well done. If I hadn't known otherwise, I would of thought it had really happened. Its not really about the zombies, either. Its about how the world handled something they couldn't have prepared for 'til it started. The series of different stories keeps the plot moving and stops it from getting slow. And they all come together to give you a picture of how the world changed, and its not quite what you'd expect.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your typical zombie fare I actually bought this book for my husband, but started on it myself when I was sitting on the couch. When I bought it for him, I thought it was a comedy, and was surprisedto find it was a 'serious' fictional novel. I enjoyed his accounts from all the different nations, and the multiple narratives/interviews was intriguing. My husband also enjoyed the book..
Date published: 2010-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do you have a braaaaaaaains? If you do, you will read this book. It is filled with first hand 'accounts' from after World War Z. (i.e. a guy turned into a Zombie and started biting people, and this book tells that tale) A seriously good read. I'm by no means a zombie lover, what with their love of my delicious brains, but I still loved this book! Creative, interesting concept that presents Zombieism as a disease, not just a supernatural thing like being a vampire. If you have no brain, you should probably read this book as well, as you will see that your people, the Zombies, have a great time destroying the world. It may also give you insight into how to avoid their mistakes as you try and take over the world. Might I suggest expanding your diet to invlude things other than brains? One of my top reads of 2009. PS: If you enjoy this, you will enjoy The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Everyone has been raving about this very smart book. I cannot do any of the other reviews any justice except to say that the originality and pace of this novel is amazing. I have read it twice now! There are quite a few stories in here that could stand alone as full novels - think of the escape from the apartment and the survival on the submarine! Max Brooks has found his place in literature, and I can only hope he can top this masterpiece. A great read for anyone who enjoys a great writer and original concepts. You don't even have to be a zombie/horror fan to appreciate this book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU DON'T NEED TO READ MY REVIEW!! Anyone who has read any of Max Brook's other books doesn't need to read my review to know that this guy is great at what he does! I first heard of Max Brooks when I picked up "The Zombie Survival Guide" and was blown away! That said, I'm only 100 pages into World War Z (as I type this review) and I gotta say, it's a really great book! I can't put it down!!!
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty darn awesome... This is great, because Brooks makes it seem so real. Although in some parts may seem a bit of a drag, there are some really intense sequences throughout.
Date published: 2009-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best works of mocumentary fiction of all time! What can I say about this book that probably hasn't already been said its bloody brilliant! I was a tad bit skeptical & curious, usually not a big Zombie enthusiast (though I do enjoy zombie flicks the odd time) my curiosity won out. I wanted to know how the "Globe" would react to a Zombie plague. Those kind of questions always bothered me when watching Zombie flicks. Its always some small-towners stuck in a shopping mall, at a secluded cottage, maybe those few folks find a way to "get North" etc etc. Never though have I seen anything that tells me how the worlds Governments, Military, Police etc. Deal with such a crisis, the big "Gov" is always the mystery element, the Fort Apache Cavalry that never shows up leaving people to fend for themselves with make-shift defenses, buses and trucks reinforced with riveted steel plates and dozer blades and that sort of thing. This book leaves absolutely NONE of those questions unanswered. Whether it be tactics in fighting 'Zack' as hes named or the kind of clothing and weapons required to wage a campaign against such an enemy. This book is marvelous and I am happy to have read it. Max Brooks is pure bloody genius and this kind of story should and hopefully will be talked about as much as say Orson Welles 'War of the Worlds' was during the last century.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book was a smashing good time... considering the world nearly came to an end :-) Very well written as though it is an actual written history of the zombie apocalypses. This book single handily made Max Brooks one of my favourite authors.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy and wonderful! An incredible story about what would it be like if the dead ever decided to walk. Chillingly realistic, dark,gritty, but also bright and uplifting, this book shows us the depths of depravity that humanity can sink to, as well as the soaring heights we can achieve before, during, and after any type of military conflict. I am not one to be easily spooked by horror stories, but I needed the lights on to read this one!
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very realistic "what-if" history book In "World War Z", Max Brooks plays the role of an observer documenting his interviews with various survivors of the "Zombie War". Through each completely different interview, he weaves a complicated backdrop of how the world messed up, how people are fragile and stupid and how our "civility" and "government" can all collapse under the weight of survival. This book has been compared to George Orwell's "War of the Worlds" and I can honestly say that is a good comparison. The book is addictive to read - almost... no, exactly like a horrific car crash you can't take your eyes away from. This is a much better book overall than his first "Zombie Survival Guide" (which wasn't bad mind you, but this is much better).
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and grimly realistic A really great, really entertaining take on what a war with zombies might actually be like for humanity. Brooks fills the book with first-hand "accounts" of a zombie war, increasing the realism and plotting out events that could realistically occur in a world threatened by a plague of the undead. I found myself reading this non-stop--definitely recommended for any zombie-lovers out there!
Date published: 2008-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zombies And A Great Story, What More Do You Want! I picked up this book the minute I saw it. I read the Zombie Survival guide and loved it and after reading this i believe it to be the better of the two. It's basically oral accounts by many survivors of a ten year Zombie War. The format is original and works great for the story. I could only compare it to maybe the way Bram Stoker's Dracula was written. The narrator is Max Brooks who asks the questions and his Zombie Survival Guide happens to be written into the story, as a tool that helped many people survive. He offers glimpses into many different people and cultures, all the while providing what appears to be a throughly researched what if senario of what these cultures would do if this were to actually occur. Great read for zombie lovers and people who love a first person narrative.
Date published: 2008-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chillingly Realistic This book seems real however unreal the subject may be. In rural China a person gets infected, dies and reanimates. A zombie. Body dead, brain active - it's only thought is food - which is us. It spreads through out the world. At first, no one believes, governments cover-up. Finally, a full scale retreat. Hard fought battles create safe-zones. A stalemate. Then attack. This book is the work of countless interviews a decade after the full scale war is over. There are still countless Z-heads in the oceans, thawing out in the spring, Iceland. But it isn't too soon to start getting the true story out to the world. What happened during the Great Panic. How the castles of Europe were bastions once again. It just felt real. You were looking out your windows at night watching for something. I thought maybe this was going to be a funny book - it wasn't. Just a chilling account of a war that the whole world fought. It really is a fabulous book that I highly recommend.
Date published: 2008-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have read in a very long time. If you are a fan of George A. Romero Zombie movies or if you are a fan of the Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman this book is for you. Written in the style of a documentary the main character interviews survivors from the "Great Rising". Each personal tale sheds light on what really happen in those dartk times. A must for all Zombie fans!
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pick this up if your into apocalypses/survival type stories Very well done. A combination of short stories (interviews) about the zombie epidemic that destroyed the world. Great to see how all the different countries react to a zombie situation. Different characters (and views) for each story Pick this up if your into apocalypses/survival type stories
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantabulous This book was absolutely fantastic, it is a must have for any horror or zombie fan. It surpassed all my expectations. This is not one of those unbelievable zombie stories, these first-person accounts really brought the horror and tragedy home. In addition to the great storytelling, it reminds humanity how unprepared they are for any kind of disaster. It will keep you reading until the end. I cannot emphasize how great this book was and recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-encompassing zombie tales! This book covers almost every situation that you could think of if our world was infested with the living dead. It's a cool way of telling the story (told as interviews with the survivors from all around the globe). There is a good deal of politics in here but not so much that it distracts from the walking corpses - the real stars of this book. A fun read. Take it for a spin!
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down a great follow up to Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide, this book covers the complete history of the zombie war as told by the people who fought and survived it. a must read for any zombie fanatics like myself!
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An alternate history of a bleak future One of my most enjoyable reads in 2007. I listened to the audio version, which is also one of the best audiobooks I've ever experienced - the all star voice cast includes Mark Hamill and Alan Alda; I kept thinking..."I know this voice!". A documentary of the alt-history Zombie War, told by the survivors. Not literature, but thoroughly engrossing, ontologically complete and sometimes just plain fun for boys who like guns.
Date published: 2007-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love Way better than the Zombie Survival Guide even though that was more practical. The part I loved about ZSG were the accounts of outbreaks throughout history, similar to this! Plus it is kind of practical, it's just not saying right out what to do, it's showing success and failure in real situations. Plus, you might follow the ZSG and still not survive, flexibility, common sense and good fortune is needed.
Date published: 2007-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Amazing history of the war that humanity surviv This book may be hard to read for vetrans of yonkers or the road to New York. But this book will remind humanity of how close we actually came to all being the living dead. This war was trully a world war . It touched all corners of the world from Los Angles to Tokyo and Siberia to Antartica. Thank you max brooks for being brave enough to tell the story of humanitys greatest tragidy ever. I'm sure that those near 600 million souls are thanking you.
Date published: 2007-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much More Than Your Regular Zombie Story "World War Z" is an excellent book, far more engaging and interesting than I had expected it to be. Though I sat down expecting to read an interesting yarn about a future war of humanity against a horde of zombies, what I actually got was a rather complex commentary on civilization, and society. How exactly WOULD the structures of society survive in the face of a massive, terrifying plague in which the enemy swells with every death on your side? How would the military adapt to an enemy they can't injure or kill except with a head shot? How would people learn to live if forced to flee to small, embattled fortifications all across the globe, extinction looming with every passing day? Written as a series of oral accounts, "interviews" taken from all manner of survivors of the ten-year long event that came to be known as World War Z, this book analyzes all that and more. Documenting the earliest spread of the undead plague in China through the Great Panic that resulted when the outbreak hit monumental, worldwide proportions, through to the scrabbling to survive and stem the tide all the way to the long, slow march to reclaim their infested homelands, "World War Z" is an excellent read that presents a realistic and often harrowing answer to the popular question of "What if... what if the dead rose again, and we were forced to fight for our very existence as a species?"
Date published: 2006-08-25

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.96 × 5.19 × 0.99 in

Published: October 16, 2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307346617

ISBN - 13: 9780307346612

About the Book

The Studs Terkel of the Zombie War, Max Brooks, author of "The Zombie Survival Guide," puts a human face on the suffering that occurred during the horrible hostilities, interviewing civilians, soldiers, politicians, and others, in this stunning book compiled shortly after the conclusion of the epic ten-year conflict.

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WARNINGS GREATER CHONGQING, THE UNITED FEDERATION OF CHINA [At its prewar height, this region boasted a population of over thirty-five million people. Now, there are barely fifty thousand. Reconstruction funds have been slow to arrive in this part of the country, the government choosing to concentrate on the more densely populated coast. There is no central power grid, no running water besides the Yangtze River. But the streets are clear of rubble and the local "security council" has prevented any postwar outbreaks. The chairman of that council is Kwang Jingshu, a medical doctor who, despite his advanced age and wartime injuries, still manages to make house calls to all his patients.] The first outbreak I saw was in a remote village that officially had no name. The residents called it "New Dachang," but this was more out of nostalgia than anything else. Their former home, "Old Dachang," had stood since the period of the Three Kingdoms, with farms and houses and even trees said to be centuries old. When the Three Gorges Dam was completed, and reservoir waters began to rise, much of Dachang had been disassembled, brick by brick, then rebuilt on higher ground. This New Dachang, however, was not a town anymore, but a "national historic museum." It must have been a heartbreaking irony for those poor peasants, to see their town saved but then only being able to visit it as a tourist. Maybe that is why some of them chose to name their newly co
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the only record of the plague years.

About the Author

 "The Stud Terkel of zombie journalism," MAX BROOKS is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. formed the core of the world’s civilian survival manuals during the Zombie War.

Editorial Reviews

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER “An ‘oral history’ of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us—turn on your television if you don’t believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we’re winning. [His] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks’s account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived.” —Jeb Weisman, Ph.D.,Director of Strategic Technologies, National Center for Disaster Preparedness “Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets
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