World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Format:  Paperback,

342 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9780307346612

ISBN-10: 0307346617

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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 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, Europe


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2007
ISBN-13: 9780307346612
ISBN-10: 0307346617
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 342
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.15 x 0.88 x 8.03
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Biography of Brooks, Max

Max Brooks was born in New York City on May 22, 1972. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Pitzer College. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy for his work. He is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

World War Z was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. He is also a television and voice-over actor. He has appeared on Roseanne, To Be or Not to Be, Pacific Blue, and 7th Heaven. His voice-over work includes Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Justice League.


Review by Library Journal (2006-10-01)

As the author of the deadpan Zombie Survival Guide, Brooks (son of filmmaker Mel) is clearly qualified to write this globe-spanning "global history" of a war that will begin sometime soon. The book owes a debt to George Romero's Living Dead films, with their hordes of moaning ghouls, but that kind of monster-movie action is secondary to the individual stories of both major world players and front-line grunts in the war against the undead.

Woven through the narrative are an undercurrent of social commentary and musings on the nature of fear and hope. This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended for all public libraries. Karl G. Siewert, Tulsa City-Cty. Lib.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 21reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A great zombie novel This book I actually got for free with a Wal-Mart gift card for christmas. World War Z makes you think these events have actually happened. The book tells different scenarios that has happened in different parts of the world from different people who experienced this travesty.Later this year, the book is going straight to the theatre. If you enjoy anything with zombies and have time to read a 250+ page book, I say go for it! 01/30/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A definite page turner Just finished World War Z. With the exception of a few short interruptions, and a short dinner break, read it cover to cover. If you enjoy the zombie genre/theme, this is seminal. "The Zombie Survival Guide" is waiting for me right now at site-to-store, which I'll pick up in the morning. 04/05/2011
Rated 4 out of 5 A great read The book World War Z is a good book if you are into that sort of genre. I got it as a gift, and the recipient loved it! 09/14/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Another hit from Max Brooks This book is a must-read for fans of zombie movies. Also, fans of Max Brooks's previous books will enjoy this book as well. It is a great story written with a lot of detail that is hard to put down. 06/10/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Subtract the already dated political polemic and you have a classic. 11/27/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Must have for all Zombie Lovers/Haters Best Zombie book ever!! I love Max Brooks & his 1st book was beyond awesome so I had to have his 2nd book. Great gift for that Zombie lover or zombie hater in your family. 12/13/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very Good This is a very good book and great sequal to the survival guide; anyone who like that will more than likely like this too. 03/07/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome book that will soon be a movie!!! If you love zombies then this book is for you!!! 12/06/2012
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