World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Audio CD – CD, 16 October 2007
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
- A.V. Club, The Onion
“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.”
“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.”
“This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended.”
- Library Journal
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- Publisher : Random House Audio; Abridged edition (16 October 2007)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0739366408
- ISBN-13 : 978-0739366400
- Item Weight : 168 g
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.74 x 14.91 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,964 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.
WW Z is a fun, easy read and for me the standard against which to judge zombie novels ( and somewhat, zombie films though the epic Brad Pitt film is largely unrelated, having fast British-style 28 Days Later Zs).
The journalist interviewing survivors from all over the world narrative works well: each telling a different part or stage of the apocalypse from official denial and cover-up, outright lying by many countries' rulers (with noble exceptions) ,through to disastrous or non-existent countermeasures, defeat, slaughter, panicked flight, exile and eventual stalemate, and thereafter on to counter attack and human resurgence. Lots of different characters, situations and ideas to enjoy. And if the American Brooks gets his ideas of the British from a Hollywood view of us, well who can blame him?
It's a relaxing book to reread on holiday and with maybe one eye on the weather.
And as we start to come out of internal exile as Corvid19 sputters to some kind of constant low rolling tragedy I'm not sure the pre WW Z leaders come out as quite the dolts and crooks (and clearly Noughties Republicans in the States) that progressive Brooks made them out to be: imagined them way back when. At least they tried NOT to crash the world economy in a panic over their pandemic.
And yes, Brooks'' postwar world is mostly liberal,.globalist, and basically written as if Bill Clinton and Colin Powell had saved the world,.with a little help from moderate communists and Silicon Valley Democrats. Also, it's very much a pre-internet world and so it's Spielberg? or Tarantino? who keep civilian morale up rather than Amazon Prime and Netflix might try to do today.. Might.
Brookes tries to be fair to people (even Americans) not like himself., so it's
not much of a torment to read his preachy Greens or New Dealers gloating about their triumphs- patriots and professional soldiers and monarchists get a fair whack. Great fun for all the English-speaking folk apart from the then-extreme bookends of Left and Right.
But it's now the summer of 2020 and with western cities in flame, the police on their knees and the statues of soldiers who defeated the Confederacy and Hitler vandalised,destroyed or locked away for safety, who knows? -perhaps Brooks' exciting fantasy of postwar poverty, unnecessary food rationing, Tsarism peace and Social Democracy may soon seem like a dream of paradise.
Five stars for a fiver well spent way back when . Treat yourself to what may very well be numerous re-reads. And it's got to be nicer than living in Seattle right now..