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“The end was near.” —Voices from 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 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.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-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.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

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


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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
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Interesting approach
January 12th, 2015
Personally, I liked how thbook was written in an interview style of different people with their own problems and perspective. It is able to throw a new light onto the whole zombie apocalypse theme.
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Thrilling!
November 13th, 2014
Don't let the movie fool you, "World War Z" is an incredible and masterfully-woven story. A series of shorts telling the stories of different characters that are all woven together to tell the story of the zombie outbreak, panic, and how it is eventually overcome. Absolutely incredible.
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A Case study in disaster
November 5th, 2014
What would happen if a plague tore through earth and billions of people died? The fact that they happen to rise from the dead does make things worse, but even if they stayed dead, how would the world react? World War Z provides an excellent, and believable, account of how this might just come to pass.
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This is not a zombie book
October 31st, 2014
This is a book about sociology and psychology. This is a book about what people would do in extreme situations and what they do is fascinating. Zombies are secondary.
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World War Z
August 24th, 2014
Most intelligent zombie novel ever written Disregard the movie.
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World war z
August 11th, 2014
It was a very good read
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Good read....
July 13th, 2014
The movie would have been so much better if it had followed the format of the book.
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World War Z
April 5th, 2014
Couldn't put it down! If you've seen the movie dont judge the book based on that! Excellent
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Entertaining and thrilling
March 3rd, 2014
Perhaps the zombie topic is over used in media, but this book makes it fresher and gives a new lookout into it. It's a choral story, no main characters, just stories with a common theme, like Martian Chronicles. This is the story of humanity fighting the biggest zombie crisis ever and how it survives it. So it's good stuff.
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A simple fun read
January 17th, 2014
Just that, simple and fun. Not a whole lot of thought required but if you do actually think about what your reading your mind can really wander into the "what if"...
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realistic
December 30th, 2013
a good read. pretty realistic for something that is so unrealistic. love that this book goes beyond just the outbreak
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A must read!
December 23rd, 2013
Amazing read, took me a while but well worth the time it took.
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Powerful
December 20th, 2013
Yes, it's a zombie book, but it's not about the horrors of the undead, though they certainly play a large part! Instead, it's more about people and how, in humanity's current state, things might go in the event of any apocalyptic event. And that's pretty scary in itself.
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World War z
November 21st, 2013
Great book, shows the true human spirit when faced with the ultimate goal of survival...
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World War z
November 21st, 2013
Great book, shows the true human spirit when faced with the ultimate goal of survival...
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Don't bother reading this book!
October 26th, 2013
I had a really hard time reading this book. Hardly entertaining and had to convince myself it was worth finishing it. Hardly! If you watch the movie that the only thing that remains the same is the title and that it is about a zombie apocalypse. Other than that there is nothing similar between he two. I really enjoyed the movie! Don't bother reading this book unless it's the only book left after the zombie war.
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Its ok
October 2nd, 2013
Would be better if it wasn't In interview format the whole book
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3.5
August 27th, 2013
I would prefer to rate it 3.5 but I don't have that option ... a decent read but not as good as I hoped.
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pretty good
August 16th, 2013
Good book. some of the stories I wanted more. but good read.
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Not your typical zombie book
August 11th, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised, I had seen the movie and was worked about it spoiling the book, if anything it wonderfully complemented it - told you everything you wanted to know after seeing the movie! The author's literary style is so interesting! I loved it! Could barely put it down!
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