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About the Book



Brooks, author of the straight-faced parody "The Zombie Survival Guide," tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts by various characters around the world.



Book Synopsis



#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies."--Entertainment Weekly

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 is the only record of the pandemic.

The 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, 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.

THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

"Will spook you for real."--The New York Times Book Review

"Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone. . . . It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating."--USA Today

"Will grab you as tightly as a dead man's fist. A."--Entertainment Weekly, EW Pick

"Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles's War of the Worlds radio broadcast . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view."--Dallas Morning News



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"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 The Hot Zone . . . It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating."--USA Today

"Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies. . . . Will grab you as tightly as a dead man's fist. A."--Entertainment Weekly, EW Pick

"Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view."--Dallas Morning News

"Brooks [is] America's most prominent maven on the living dead. . . . Chilling. . . . It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped."--Hartford Courant

"A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account. . . . Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery. . . . The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace."--Fangoria

"A horror fan's version of Studs Terkel's The Good War. . . . Like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology."--Booklist

"Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible. . . . Far more affecting than anything involving zombies really has any right to be. . . . The book . . . opens in blood and guts, turns the world into an oversized version of hell, then ends with and affirmation of humanity's ability to survive the worst the world has to offer. It feels like the right book for the right times, and that's the eeriest detail of all."--The A.V. Club

"The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy. . . . We haven't been this excited about a book without pictures since-well, since ever."--Metro

"Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel. . . . The perfect book for all us zombie junkies."--Paste

"This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended."--Library Journal



About The Author



Max Brooks is an author, public speaker, and nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His bestselling books include Minecraft: The Island, The Zombie Survival Guide. and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. His graphic novels include The Extinction Parade, G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.1 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 342
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: War + Military
Publisher: Broadway Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Max Brooks
Language: English
Street Date: October 16, 2007
TCIN: 11337371
UPC: 9780307346612
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4111
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

A niche book for a niche genre.

4 out of 5 stars
Jake - 10 years ago
World War Z, a book that was definitely a book that stood out among the rest. The zombie book genre (or theme in general) is a small niche in any industry, it seems. Max Brooks really set himself apart from everyone else with his use of formatting and his expertise in storytelling. Some people may say that the book lost their interest or there was nothing to keep you motivated to read, but it really depends on the type of reader you are. World War Z is a very creative book and you have to think creatively to understand what is occurring. Brooks goes deep into detail and sometimes horrifies the reader, especially in the scene of discovering Patient Zero. I enjoyed the story because I like the idea of many smaller stories inside of one book. World War Z might really suit a reader if they prefer a myriad of small bits of suspense rather than one large climax. Each story provided its own small twist that the reader can stitch together at the end, which makes the book extremely exciting to read, in my opinion. It's very comparable to a puzzle in the way the reader can piece it together in their own way. The book is designed to keep the reader thinking and asking "What If?" questions to excite them into reading more.
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