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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (original 2006; edition 2011)

by Max Brooks

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An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
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Title:World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Authors:Max Brooks
Info:Three Rivers Press (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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World War Z by Max Brooks (2006)

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This is actually how I would imagine the zombie apocalypse turning out. It feels like non-fiction, and the interviews are really well done. for quite a few moments throughout the book, i thought i was reading a real oral history. ( )
  AmazingBaka | Sep 3, 2020 |
Because this is in interview format with several survivors involved in the Zombie wars, it lacked the momentum that a plot-driven novel might have. Still an intriguing concept. A lot of military references and methodology discussed — it was a war after all— but I wish there had been more civilian POV. I also liked the descriptions of this post-apocalyptic world and how some countries had changed as a result. Happened to read this during our current (and real) pandemic of 2020. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Aug 7, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book...in the beginning. It started out great. There was the mystery of the virus that turned people into zombies and it was intriguing. Probably the middle 80% of the book was recounts of what happened in different countries. Those chapters were interesting at first but soon became boring and repetitive. My biggest complaint and the reason why I gave this book 2 stars and not 3 is because the cause is never explained. I'm sure there were some scientists somewhere researching this virus. Why weren't they interviewed? I would have found that much more enthralling than countless retellings of battles across the world. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
Only thing I missed was a section with some scientists talking sciencey about the science bit. ( )
  st3t | Aug 3, 2020 |
Great concept and offers a fanciful juxtaposition to the current covid pandemic we're facing, but I found the frenetic story telling style too jittery and incoherent. It's telling when one prefers the wikipedia summary over the book. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
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Max Brooksprimary authorall editionscalculated
Elias, MariaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Körber, JoachimÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keränen, HelmiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petersen, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ramírez Tello, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reiner, CarlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tran, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For Henry Michael Brooks,
who makes me want to change the world.
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Introduction - It goes by many names: "The Crisis," "The Dark Years," "The Walking Plague," as well as newer and more "hip" titles such as "World War Z" or "Z War One."
Setting - Greater Chongqing, the United Federation of China
Chapter One - The first outbreak I saw was in a remote village that officially had no name.
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'Fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe' Turn on the TV what are you seeing? People selling you products? No. People selling you the fear of you having to live without their products' Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells. pg 55 (edit)
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