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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (27 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715637037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715637036
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,042 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z and the graphic novel The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, Max Brooks has also written for Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy. He lives in New York City.

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'When the zombie apocalypse arrives, we'll be at Max Brooks' house
... As a horror story, it's exciting. As a parable, it's terrifying' -- 5* Empire review

About the Author

Max Brooks is the author of 2003's prescient Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead. He has since received hundreds of awards and honorary degrees from around the world. Last year he received the joint Papal and UN citation, Pro Humanitate.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
'World War Z' by Max Brooks I read after his first book - Zombie survival guide, both in few days I'm pleasantly surprised.
Although I'm not big fan of zombie genre, Brooks first entertained me with Guide so I gave chance to this one as well.
This second book is even more interesting and sometimes it was hard to put it away.

In some way this book is continuation of humans-zombies encounters list brought in Zombie survival guide but this last encounter would prove fatal for human race and almost for planet Earth itself - World War Z describes outbreak of the living dead spread worldwide in some near future. Only good news is that for the time humanity is (almost) completely on one side versus almost invincible enemy.

Little uncommon is way in which Brooks wrote this book, it's in a form of interviews with people (conducted by Brooks?) who participated in that war. Each chapter is written in first-person interviews from people who lived and (most of them) survived WWZ from outbreak start to war end. Interviews are unlinear, not sorted chronologically, they are made all over the globe and soon we will found out that 20 years have passed since "hell breaks loose".
Good news in the end are that humanity won the war, bad news are that lot of people died, and for some news we are not certain are they bad or good and that is fact all world is changed for good because that was the only way to win war.
Book interview format emphasize realism although villain is completely fictional, but what is most interesting is that hard lessons humans learned first months of war could be completely actual/true if such crisis would arise in real world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2013
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Many of the reviews of the book here are by readers expert in the ways of the Zombie Apocalypse. I approached the book as a novice on that topic but as someone interested in the constructions of counter-factuals (often called alt.hist)- histories of the road not traveled. Brooks has clearly absorbed a lot of influences to present what I found a rather good "history". The basic armature is current Government responses to dangerous diseases, and Ebola seems nearly as alien as the zombies. On to this he has grafted some very interesting concepts of how current hi-tech weapons might or might not work against the infected, especially an enemy incapable of fear. Then we have the response of Governments to both the threat and the collapse of the highly specialised just-in-time economy (the New Deal model being applied here). One of the weaknesses of alt.hist is that it has to be believable to an audience with many different views of what is probable, but one of its strengths is it gets people engaged in debate about that credibility.

I thought this a fine piece of counter-factual work, well up with Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE (better known to many of us in its SF version "V"). I hope other counter-factual novels will make it through the gap Max Brooks has opened.
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202 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. J. A. Wicks VINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2006
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I read Max Brook's previous book "The Zombie Survival Guide", and enjoyed most of it. I liked the realistic assessment of just how things might go down in the event of a zombie crisis, and it was the perfect book for know-it-alls like me who when watching a horror movie yell "aim for the head!!!" at the screen. It took de-zombification to the next level with very practical tips; shotguns and chainsaws might look cool in video games but once you're out of shells and out of gas you're screwed. Contrast that with a shaolin spade or a genine katana however... Anyway, where I felt that book was less interesting was the appendix in the back listing various zombie encounters throughout history. The problem is that all outbreaks follow a similar pattern; mysterious illness, reanimation, fear and ignorance causing more harm than the zombies, discovery of how to defeat them, then resolution (or total ahnhilation of the population involved). Right? Well that's not particularly interesting for isolated outbreaks in Papua New Guinea. But what if we had a big outbreak today; with cheap air travel and people smuggling and loose borders and human rights laws and the internet and thermonuclear stealth bombers... we'd be fine right?

Maybe not. Where Brooks excels is highlighting the worst elements of human society in its initial response to the outbreak. The Chinese try to cover it up, big pharma tries to make a buck out of it, the government release a safety video and then go about winning the next election, and if your kids get worried just bang them on Ritalin and Prozac. When the swarms finally attack mainland USA and western Europe, everyone is caught totally unprepared.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon Dee on 28 July 2014
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World War Z is a different kind of book. In fact it is unlike anything I have ever read. If you disliked the movie - then the book is especially for you - as it is nothing like the movie by the same name, except maybe some of the overall scenarios. This is Max Brooks' 2nd Zombie book, though I did not read the first, as it seemed more technical/Zombie fans genre oriented.

In contrast World War Z is a collection of interviews conducted & edited by the story teller, which started as a document for the UN (to better understand and appraise the zombie war), and ended as a book due to its fabulous human content. Each interview tells a personal story of the interviewee’s involvement in the Zombie war, some not even as combatant but mere bystanders.

At the end of the day, World War Z is an underlying critics of western society. Everything that went wrong during the Zombie War is something that has to do with the modern age laziness and self-oriented culture, and everything that signalled the turning point in the war (and thus mankind’s salvation) has been achieved through cooperation and 'togetherness'. it's freaky to think how fragile the western civilization is, but come to think of that, no detail in WWZ is un-plausible and no scenario is impossible.

This book will make you reflect a lot on western society, whilst some stories/interviews you'd wish would go on and on.
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