World War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War (Paperback) - Brooks, Max

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Amazing book, as a sequel or as a stand-alone!

on 7/14/2011

I have been a fan of Max Brook's first book, The Zombie Survival Guide for several years. And this book is an excellent read regardless of whether or not you've read the first one. First and foremost this is a fun read, especially for a zombie buff. Gotta love it when the zombies break loose and hijinks ensue. But from another aspect, this book is much more; note that it NEVER in the book hints that this is a work of fiction. The level of research and attention to detail in each small "interview" that comprises this book is simply amazing. The details are really what gives this book its completely realistic feel. With footnotes telling you what the Chinese word for something is or to give a bit of history, it reads very much like all of the non-fiction post-war narratives that I have read. Max Brooks definitely did his research! His view of the world crumbling in on itself and attempting to rebuild in the not too distant future is chilling. Regardless of whether caused by Zombies, or terrorism, or an energy crisis, it is a poignant look at the fragility of our human society. Read More

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Excellent Read!

by Christian on 11/30/2012

Who knew a "zombie" book could be so entertaining, fun and yet 'deep'? I've read Brooks' first book, "The Zombie Survival Guide" and was hooked. I especially love it because it reads as fact-based , even though it's not... but it's fun to imagine it while reading the book. There is a deeper meaning than the zombie element in the book, aimed more at our society as a whole. As in his first book, he reminds me of the urgency of being self-reliant without losing your head about it. I hope Brooks keeps the quality coming! Read More

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An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors--soldiers, politicians, civilians, and others--who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival. By the author of The Zombie Survival Guide. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. *Author: Brooks, Max *Subtitle: An Oral History of the Zombie War *Publication Date: 2007/10/16 *Number of Pages: 342 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307346612
SKU 204196889
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307346617
Release Date 10/16/2007
Praise
"Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus."
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat for fans of '28 Days Later,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' 'The Last Man On Earth,' and other treasures of the zombie/counterzombie genre." (starred review)
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Annotation In the midst the pop-culture zombie craze of 2003, Max Brooks published THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE to help people survive the raging hordes of slow-moving, non-blinking undead that were, presumably, about to overrun the world. In this parodic "documentary," he chronicles his own personal experience of the horrific and bloody Zombie Wars that would have long-since rendered Earth empty of human life, had it not been for the heroic groups of resistance that sprang up all over the globe.
Annotation 1 In the midst the pop-culture zombie craze of 2003, Max Brooks published THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE to help people survive the raging hordes of slow-moving, non-blinking undead that were, presumably, about to overrun the world. In this parodic "documentary," he chronicles his own personal experience of the horrific and bloody Zombie Wars that would have long-since rendered Earth empty of human life, had it not been for the heroic groups of resistance that sprang up all over the globe.
Editors Note “The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie WarThe Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War. Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war“I found ‘Patient Zero’ behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.” —Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China“‘Shock and Awe’? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t, but biologically can’t! That’s what happened that day outside New York City, that’s the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn’t shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They’re not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid!” —Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of Yonkers“Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth.” —General Travis D’Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander, EuropeFrom the Hardcover edition.
Editors Note 3 An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors--soldiers, politicians, civilians, and others--who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival. By the author of The Zombie Survival Guide. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Editors Note 4 An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
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