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World War Z [Paperback]

Max Brooks
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27 July 2007
It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

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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: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (946 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,255 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jon Dee
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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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198 of 225 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. P. J. A. Wicks VINE VOICE
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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2.0 out of 5 stars The Second Time Around 20 July 2014
By Kat
World War Z or When Re-Reads Disappoint A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about why I love re-reading books, and I mentioned that in the last year only one particular book was really disappointing when I revisited it, and that book was World War Z.When I first read it, I was only just beginning to explore the zombie genre. I recall being captivated by the journalistic style, meeting a range of different characters, and experiencing the whole arc of the zombie-apocalypse. I was interested to see exactly how I would feel going back to read one of the books that started my obsession, and perhaps in that way my expectations were set incredibly high.

World War Z moves through the initial zombie-virus outbreak, the apocalypse and into the recovery of the human race, via interviews with various survivors who experienced the apocalypse in a multitude of ways. There are doctors, military, politicians and a few average joes that give their own perspectives.The problem with all of these perspectives is that it's difficult to get to know particular characters, and that some of the POVs are very heavily focused on only one side of the story. In that way, I got bored with many of the POVs, particularly those that became more of an exploration of ways that skeevy individuals exploited the deaths and suffering of other people and the heavily militarised stories.In any book with this kind of set up there's the risk of skimming, but I found myself doing it far more than I normally would, and I think that's because there weren't enough 'average joe' perspectives, which is what I find most interesting. The actual plot itself and the way the story moves through the stages of the apocalypse is quite interesting, but those freaking POVs kept distracting me from that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really different. Brilliantly so. 30 July 2014
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It takes a while to get into, but when you get there you'll spend the rest of the book breathless and stunned. It's a totally new kind of novel - no key characters, no plot as such, no narrative three-act structure. The entire book is a series of fictitious "eyewitness accounts" from people affected in some way by the zombie apocalypse. And somehow, as you read each account - in its author's voice and with their hopes and dreams - you enter the storyworld, as engrossing as any thriller.

It works because so many of the tales ring true. When I mentioned to a friend her cooking skills would in great demand after the zombie war, she exploded with protests about her professional background and job. Right at that point in the text, an organiser was talking about how difficult it was to convince a man who used to "get hold of the rights to classic rock songs for commercials" that his skills weren't just inappropriate, they were obsolete - the post-apocalypse world needs carpenters and builders and manual trades, not marketers...

The way the eyewitness interviews develop over time, spanning countries and viewpoints, come together as a single, coherent picture of just what happened, how we solved it, how difficult it was. This book is truly something different. And that's not common in today's lit. A fantastic read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected but...fantastic
Zombies continue to be very popular (until they genuinely rise up and take over the world of course). WWZ had been recommended by quite a few friends recently as well worth a read. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Mr A Commons
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read probably one of the best stories I have ...
Awesome read probably one of the best stories I have ever read, up there with some classics as far as I am concerned, have read it three times and the only down side to the book is... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Robert Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Interesting read - better than the film.
Published 22 hours ago by Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars A shot in the neck
I loved this. A clear journalistic account of the most improbably thing you can imagine.
Everything from how the American government reacted predictably and wrongly in the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by J. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brutal and intellegent, not for the faint hearted but for those who think what if . . . .
Published 6 days ago by jonathan brook
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
I personally found the book boring, I'll stick with the film, which is brilliant!
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. S McCullagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Brilliant, if you love zombies this is the book for you.
Published 13 days ago by Daniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oh so better than the film.
Published 15 days ago by G K M Blanchard-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
son loves it
Published 16 days ago by JoJo
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Wasn't al all what I was expecting. Really struggled with it so gave up.
Published 16 days ago by lucy
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