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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 (928 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,435 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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196 of 223 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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, it's brilliant 2 Jan 2012
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If you are a fan of the genre then you shouldn't hesitate to buy this book. It's well written and totally absorbing. This is one of the few books that I find myself going back to read again and again. I can't wait for the film to come out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars world war z
It is very good and the film should if been more like this then it would be a lot better
Published 1 day ago by C. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone - not just zombie lovers.
Far superior to the film, this book is set as a series of short memoires from the survivors of World War Z. Read more
Published 2 days ago by James Worboys
5.0 out of 5 stars an ambitious, compelling story
an ambitious, compelling story. reads like a history book told through testimonials. i know understand the phrase "total war".
Published 3 days ago by _iago
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
Published 4 days ago by becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i have not put this book down since i got it
Published 5 days ago by mad man
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading even if you have seen the film.
Great book, the film does not do it justice.
Published 7 days ago by P. Fitzpatrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't Say I Enjoyed this Book
No matter how I tried, I could not draw any parallels to the movie by the same name. It is just a whole lot of little zombie stories, none of which really go together. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Micki B
5.0 out of 5 stars world war z the best book ever
I thought this book was amazing I couldn't put it down,so many surprises and I loved the detail about the zombies
Published 14 days ago by Charlotte tubb
5.0 out of 5 stars World war z
Fantastically realistic. Excellent book. I couldn't put it down. Max you have got to do another! Do one about the fight to identify the virus, and more survival stories. Read more
Published 18 days ago by wayne linley
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