World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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"Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies."-Entertainment Weekly

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the pandemic.

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, 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.


"Will spook you for real."-The New York Times Book Review

"Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone. . . . It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating."-USA Today

"Will grab you as tightly as a dead man's fist. A."-Entertainment Weekly, EW Pick

"Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles's War of the Worlds radio broadcast . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view."-Dallas Morning News


[At its prewar height, this region boasted a population of over thirty-five million people. Now, there are barely fifty thousand. Reconstruction funds have been slow to arrive in this part of the coun...

About the Author:

Max Brooks is an author, public speaker, and nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His bestselling books include Minecraft: The Island, The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad…

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zombies, psychological thrillers, post apocalyptic

World War Z is a very well-written and straight forward book that follows a Zombie outbreak from beginning to end. The characters are well-written and nicely fleshed out, but not always that relatable. Our main protagonist is a smart and very capable man who although put in many terrifying and deadly situations is able to hold his composure and come out the other side alive. It is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys a good zombie thriller. I'd give it a 7/10.

4/21/2023 6:26:47 PM
Will Brooks
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zombie books, fantasy, horror

This book gives such an accurate description of what the zombie apocalypse would be like. You are able to suspend reality and really read this as a non-fiction book at times.

4/5/2023 4:12:13 PM

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