World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Paperback – 16 October 2007
|Paperback, 16 October 2007||
“An ‘oral history’ of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us—turn on your television if you don’t believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we’re winning. [His] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks’s account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived.”—Jeb Weisman, Ph.D.,Director of Strategic Technologies, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
“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
“Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies. . . . 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' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”—Dallas Morning News
“Brooks [is] America’s most prominent maven on the living dead. . . . Chilling. . . . It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped.”—Hartford Courant
“A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account. . . . Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery. . . . The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace.”—Fangoria
“A horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s The Good War. . . . Like George Romero’s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology.”—Booklist
“Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible. . . . Far more affecting than anything involving zombies really has any right to be. . . . The book . . . opens in blood and guts, turns the world into an oversized version of hell, then ends with and affirmation of humanity’s ability to survive the worst the world has to offer. It feels like the right book for the right times, and that’s the eeriest detail of all.”—The A.V. Club
“The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy. . . . We haven’t been this excited about a book without pictures since–well, since ever.”—Metro
“Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel. . . . The perfect book for all us zombie junkies.”—Paste
“This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended.”—Library Journal
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- ASIN : 0307346617
- Publisher : Del Rey; Reprint edition (16 October 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 342 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780307346612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307346612
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.54 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Neel on 1 April 2019
And the Amazon delivery was very prompt too. A buy worth its weight.
A definite must-read for anyone who loves the Zombie niche.
By Koushik Muddu on 14 June 2017
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It is about recognising our flaws in the form of reluctance, hesitation and denial as much as it is about recognising our capacity for survival in the harshest situation by way of grit and determination.
Our best survival tools are the aspects of ourselves we turn our noses up at as being archaic and uncomfortable.
It's compelling reading - so many voices, backgrounds, nationalities all retelling their experiences during the 10 year war. Zombies are bit players in the drama and conflicts and bravery.
Some of the stories will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
Max Brooks is a skillful, intelligent writer with a strong grasp on how people tick.
It works because so many of the tales ring true. When I mentioned to a friend her cooking skills would in great demand after the zombie war, she exploded with protests about her professional background and job. Right at that point in the text, an organiser was talking about how difficult it was to convince a man who used to "get hold of the rights to classic rock songs for commercials" that his skills weren't just inappropriate, they were obsolete - the post-apocalypse world needs carpenters and builders and manual trades, not marketers...
The way the eyewitness interviews develop over time, spanning countries and viewpoints, come together as a single, coherent picture of just what happened, how we solved it, how difficult it was. This book is truly something different. And that's not common in today's lit. A fantastic read.
This is basically how this book runs, it took me a little while to get into as it doesn't run like your usual story with a beginning, middle and an end. This is one person's short account of what they experienced during the war, then the next person's and so forth. Some of the situations are well thought out and do highlight some interesting revelations about what people fighting an army of Zombies may have to endure. Don't expect one big climax at the end because that's not the way World War Z works, it's full of little crescendos throughout, which does make it an interesting read and "yes, I did enjoy it", if your into the living coming back for revenge once they've breathed their last and you fancy something a bit different I don't think you will be disappointed.