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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War | [Max Brooks]

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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 from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
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Publisher's Summary

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 from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 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.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

©2006 Max Brooks; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance
  • Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook of the Year, 2007

"Hard to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos." (Booklist)

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    Heather L. Koehler 01-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Zombie War"

    Totally enjoyable and believable. The idea of zombies and our inability to deal with their attack led to amusing situations. I enjoyed hearing Alan Alda, Henry Rollins, and John Tuturro (sp). I just wanted it to be longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mckenna Milton, MA 12-11-07
    K. Mckenna Milton, MA 12-11-07 Member Since 2003

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    "This kid is related to Mel Brooks????"

    You would never know after listening to this lame excuse for humor. Honestly, I did not even crack a grin for the 4 hours I dumped into the mess.

    I can't tell if the author was going for satire, deadpan or mimic but he failed utterly. Save your money and your time. I already wasted mine for you on this dog.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly San Diego, CA, USA 09-14-06
    Kelly San Diego, CA, USA 09-14-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Ruined By Politics"

    I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. This was very cool at first. Good performances, great concept, I was impressed. But my suspension of disbelief was shattered by the author's riduculous, unncessary political agenda. You find out in part 2 that, like everything else in the world, the zombies are Bush's fault.

    To be more specific, the reason the United States wasn't able to handle the zombie outbreak is because the population was so "war weary" and felt so betrayed that they weren't willing to do what was necessary to fight off the undead.

    In other words even though flesh-eating monsters were wandering the streets, when the government asked for volunteers people said, "No, sorry, I'm still too upset about Iraq."

    This could have been a great story. But the author chose to deliberately cut his potential audience in half by trying to force his politics on us. Very sad.

    53 of 223 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty White Pine, TN, USA 12-01-08
    Dusty White Pine, TN, USA 12-01-08
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    "Great story but.."

    It's a great story but it has problems. First off its quite obvious the person who wrote this book has no clue about how anything in the military works, and nor does he have a clue as to how the land warrior system works. And also apparently he doesn't realize the physics of bombs or artillery because the amount of shrapnel produced from both would be more than sufficient enough to tear some heads off. Besides the tiny little technical quirks I have with it, its still a great listen

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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