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Max Brooks
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Book Description

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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Product details

  • 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 (887 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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195 of 222 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. P. J. A. Wicks VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Tristan Martin VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Max "son of Mel" Brooks's first fiction novel proper, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, is inspired both by Studs Terkel oral history of World War II and of course, the classic films of George A Romero (Night of the Living Dead et al).

The book casts a global eye over the spread of the "infected", from patient zero in China, to mass migrations in Central and North America, to the evacuation wholesale of Japan, amongst other places. This story is told not via a conventional narrative but through a long sequence of interconnected interviews, which tend to cross-reference back on each other, thus allowing a sense of progression from the initial contact with the living dead through to their domination and then the human fight back.

The downside of this approach is that no characters are allowed any room to develop, so there is a lack of attachment to anybody in particular; most stories are given only a few short pages which is unfortunate, as some of the reminiscences are quite gripping, such as the young American woman who moves north into the frozen wastes with her family, who, it is suggested, end up resorting to cannibalism. Such an interesting, dramatic narrative is quickly aborted to make way for others far less engrossing.

Brooks has undertaken much research to make this plague of zombies seem as realistic as possible but unfortunately, the book is marred by crude national stereotypes, such as the Englishman who practically bursts into tears about his love for the Royal family, the blind Japanese swordsman (ok, so he uses a spade), or most offensively, the raving Arab, spouting "Drive the Zionists into the sea!" nonsense. Typically, of course, the Americans save the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 15 April 2014
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It's a gripping read. The way the book is written is quite unique. It's not really about zombies, but more of a social commentary. The book is quite fragmented, I found myself using the definition guides quite a lot, and going back to remind myself of characters. On saying that I found that aspect of the book quite charming. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in disaster / political thrillers. I wouldn't call it a classic horror novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT.........just perfect 14 April 2014
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AS far as zombie inspired litriture goes there are some GREAT books...this however is the NEW TESTAMENT of zombie books, set post war unlike most stories it reads asif you are reading ture accounts of a war you feel you had slept through and missed. it is outstanding and a must for fans of..... zombies, horror, fiction, action, drama, thriller, breathing, eating...basic everyone should read this.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 12 April 2014
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This is a truly good read. I could not put this book down! If you like zombies then you must read it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know how the walking dead started? 11 April 2014
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Great book, far better than the movie and a great accompany to the walking dead tv series, very enjoyable and insightful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 10 April 2014
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I loved this book, it was such a page turner, from the beginning through the battles, the love and the pain. It was so amazing, and way better than the movie, a book always is but this had some aspect which made it more AMAZING from the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the film 7 April 2014
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Your reading this because you have seen the Brad Pitt film and want to see what all the fuss was about, well apart from the setting and a few scenes in the film, the book and the film have nothing in common.
This book is written as if it was a report of the war written after the war is over and using eyewitness accounts to discribe key events across the globe.
It is an unusual way of setting up a book and yet it works, mainly because the accounts are so well written and clearly well researched before hand. Its obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into this book and each section before it was written, this is no 'wow zombies run' type of book.
This is well worth reading if you like your end of the world type books, prepper books, or just what if books. Don't bother with it if your looking for zombie horror, or some Brad Pitt 007 adventure yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars About so much more than Zombies
Like a lot of good sci fi or horror this book is as much about the world we live in as it is about tackling a terrifying Zombie invasion. Brilliantly perceptive and realised.
Published 19 hours ago by Prosecco
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay...
Coming from the perspective of a 15 year old, for once I felt that the film exceeded the book. I mean it was not bad at all but the book did not have the thrilling effect that the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ajoy Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome
Totally different presentation style pulls you in and keeps you hooked.
A review of history through the eyes of those that were there.
A book to keep and read again.
Published 12 days ago by soton_26
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring
After the hype of the movie I thought I'd get the book and really was disapointed. The format is like an person interviewing a different person for each chapter. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Michael Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I loved this book and couldn't out it down! At first I was unsure as it is written as a collection of interviews but this allows for an incredibly wide story with all the personal... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jamie Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies! Like that could ever happen... right?
“WWZ” is fun, interesting and thought provoking. Its also very hard to recommend. The book is basically a series of interviews. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge
2.0 out of 5 stars Specific interest in all things zombie.
Firstly, I do not care about zombies. I love horror, and ghost stories and fantasy, but zombies are just not for me. Anyway, I picked up this book to read something different. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lola
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