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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War [Paperback]

Max Brooks
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Oct. 16 2007
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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, now a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the only record of the plague years.

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In the wake of the great zombie war, Brooks's fictional alter ego travels around the world to ask tough questions of individuals and leaders about their experience and actions before, during and after the undead menace decimated the human population. Brooks remarkably identifies and articulates the nuances and unconsidered realities of what a zombie war would look like. This intriguing "oral history" stands apart from his previous zombie-related book, The Zombie Survival Guide, as Brooks uses the postwar culture here to provide political and social commentary on a wide range of real-life individuals and institutions. An all-star cast including Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Jürgen Prochnow, Henry Rollins, John Turturro, Rob and Carl Reiner, and many others deliver their parts with such fervor and intensity that listeners cannot help but empathize with these characters. Max Brooks acts as the interviewer, providing an inquisitive but stagnant demeanor. The abridgment keeps the story tight but struggles with the interviewer's narration during interviews. When Brooks interrupts characters to indicate that the person rolled his eyes or appeared apprehensive, his comments are often moot because the performers are already portraying such body language with their tone.
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"The Crisis" nearly wiped out humanity. Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and author of The Zombie Survival Guide, 2003) has taken it upon himself to document the "first hand" experiences and testimonies of those lucky to survive 10 years after the fictitious zombie war. Like a horror fan's version of Studs Terkel's The Good War (1984), the "historical account" format gives Brooks room to explore the zombie plague from numerous different views and characters. In a deadpan voice, Brooks exhaustively details zombie incidents from isolated attacks to full-scale military combat: "what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't!" With the exception of a weak BAT-21 story in the second act, the "interviews" and personal accounts capture the universal fear of the collapse of society--a living nightmare in which anyone can become a mindless, insatiable predator at a moment's notice. Alas, Brad Pitt's production company has purchased the film rights to the book--while it does have a chronological element, it's more similar to a collection of short stories: it would make for an excellent 24-style TV series or an animated serial. Regardless, horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos. Carlos Orellana
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down Sept. 15 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best books that I have read in a long while. Its descriptions of a zombie holocaust and the worldwide response to it is realistic.

The book is a collection of short stories told as a post war interview of survivors.

Stories range from all over the world(including outer space)a young soldier who recounts the disastrous battle of Yonkers where "shock and awe" tactics failed in the face of mindless undead hordes to the actions of the Chinese submarine commander.

What surprised me is the great amount of sympathy the reader gets when he reads some of the heart breaking tales in the book and even some of the ironic and even surprise twists that you get after some of the stories(eg. the twist at the end of the one about the inventor of the Redekker plans leaves a lot of questions and is quite unexpected).

Even after two readings, I was left with the feeling that I would like to know more about the world of world war z...Its a feeling rarely found in many a book...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read Oct. 12 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is essentially a description of a future war with hordes of zombies told via interviews and news clips. Of course, for the narrative, they all take place well after the event, but the collection is enrapturing. Sometimes, some of the best parts of a movie about zombies, are the news clips and interviews the characters see on TV/hear on the radio, and that's basically what this book is all about.

From the interviews with soldiers fighting drug lords in Central Asia and doctors trying to stem the 'disease' in China, to action reports from the front lines of troops fighting the zombies to average citizens telling their tales of survival, it is a collection of anecdotes that are sometimes humourous, terrifying, or just plain intriguing.

A good solid read that kept me turning the pages until late into the night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to expect June 11 2013
By Dennis Madison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I've had a passing interest in the recent Zombie popularity I never read a Zombie book or saw more than one episode of Walking Dead. The only experience I've had was the original Romero Night of the Living Dead film.
I'd seen World War Z on Amazon before and always considered picking it up, but when the movie came out and the price dropped to $9.99 I decided to pick it up not even sure what to expect. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The narrative of interviewing participants in the war was a little tough to follow at the beginning, but once you got used to the fact that this was a story of the war and not the people I came to really appreciate this form of story telling.
It was one of those books I was anxious to read and was sorry to see end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different style, but quite a unique perspective Aug. 9 2014
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I fully admit to my bias as I am a huge fan of zombies. It was destined to be a winner for me from the start. It actually is a collection of short stories, various perspectives throughout the world. It is not a typical horror story (though certainly some of the storytellers have had their share of scares.) I really have to admire how many of the stories were unique yet were held together by a cohesive world. One that the author did an excellent job detailing, as it unravels for the reader from Patient Zero to Victory Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars movie and book June 23 2014
Format:Paperback
Never have I seen a movie that is so totally different from the book that I can't see one similarity but luckily both were great. Movie worth watching. Book worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book June 4 2014
By M. N.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Read it many years ago and was really let down by the movie. Seriously, what happened to all the different characters?
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a traditional novel Oct. 29 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though I'm not a fan of zombie fiction, I absolutely loved this book, perhaps exactly because it's not an average zombie fiction. There is no group of survivors from diverse backgrounds holding together in some secure hiding place, not here. World War Z is a meta look at zombie apocalypse, a look from the global perspective. How it started. How people around the world reacted to it, how it spread, how it was contained and ultimately eradicated. Instead of going in depth into experiences of one particular group, World War Z covers dozens of different perspectives and events. It's more like a history book than a novel, and it was a huge pleasure, as a history buff, to look at zombie outbreak from global perspective.

If you are a fan of traditional kind of a zombie story, or if you liked the movie, I DO NOT recommend this book for you. But it is a very original, well-researched and ultimately very satisfying read, and I definitely recommend it overall.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea Sept. 30 2013
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I admit it... I purchased this book due to the hype behind the movie and was very disappointed. It's not what I expected in the least with it being more of a compiled report from around the world as events took place rather than a fluent storyline with a cast of characters you can get behind. And the solution to the Zombie infestation was rather off the wall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Completely different from the movie. Interesting to put it together like a series of interviews/short stories like that. Well done.
Published 4 days ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
VERY well written. I really enjoyed reading the stories told through different characters. Can't wait to see the movie. Highly recommend it.
Published 29 days ago by Violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good, Good condition. Do it Do it Do it i dont have anything else to say do it do it
Published 9 months ago by Xavier Charest-Morin
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the movie
How many times have I said a book is better than the movie? Almost always.

This is not your traditional zombie story, but an anthology of the experiences of survivors... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ron White
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie!!!
I Wanted to read this before the movie was released. Like most times, The book is better than the movie!!!
Published 11 months ago by irishkeiran
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Bought this book a couple of years ago before the movie was produced. It's definitely better than the movie.
And plus I got the book on sale from Amazon! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lina Mae
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this a lot - slightly formulaic in places
Enjoyed this a lot. The plot drew me in and the slow creeping nature of it all combined with fact paced individual elements were good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Henry Armitage
1.0 out of 5 stars Borrrrring!!
If you're looking for a smooth-flowing, juicy novel, this is NOT it! Delivered in docu-interview style, this story had no meat; nothing to bite into (pun intended). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christin Petra Bux
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