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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.
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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    timspalding: Some may take offense at the suggestion, but I think don't think World War Z could have been written without And the Band Played On, an oral history of the all-too-real AIDS epidemic. Shilts' is by far the better book, even if it weren't true and important.… (more)
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A thoughtful take on how people in all different parts of the world would respond to a zombie apocalypse. Includes personal tales of individuals overcoming the zombies as well as more big-picture essays discussing the responses of entire countries. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
With inspiration from George A. Romero and "The Good War", Max Brooks brings forth a collection of stories and perspectives on the greatest war human civilization has faced. And I love it.

Bouncing from different perspectives as each person tells only a bit of their story about the Zombie War, you can piece together the struggle for humanity and if they will retain it and if so, how will they be changed by such an event.

I've listened to the abridged audiobook, which was fantastic. Given that Max Brooks has done voice work, he was able to recommend other actors to contribute. They have since released a complete audiobook. My recommendation would be to listen to the complete audiobook for a better experience and immersion. ( )
  askmark | Sep 13, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this! I'm a big fan of documentary-style approaches to fantastical events so this book was a ton of fun. I think I enjoy the bureaucratic fallout of a zombie apocalypse more than I'm interested in, you know, zombies ( )
  hatingongodot | Aug 12, 2019 |
The first time I heard this story, I was listening to the abridged audiobook. It was a gift from a friend as I was leaving Alaska. Listening to it as I rode through the desolate off-season roads of Alaska and the Yukon Territory was magnificently creepy, especially the part that happens in Canada.

The third time, I was also listening to the abridged version. This time as my husband and I traveled from North Carolina to Texas and back. That time I had the thrill of crossing the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as I listened to that part of the story.

This is my first time hearing the full, unabridged version, and it is absolutely worth the extra time. The social commentary, the exceptional performance of the all-star cast, and the fully-immersive experience are all enhanced by the extra details that were lost in the first recording.

World War Z was the first audiobook I ever listened to, and it set an extremely high standard. This will always be a favorite of mine, because, like the best of horror, it says more about humanity than it does the monsters it is only superficially about. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 9, 2019 |
Amazing book. It's exactly what it says on the tin: "An oral history of the zombie war". Instead of giving us the omnipresent bird-eye view of a global zombie conflict, Brooks shows us one of the worst and most real aspects of war: nobody knows everything and there's always another side of the coin.

The historian (and reader) must patch together a coherent narrative with the bits and pieces told by every witness s/he can find, including cold-blooded military men, an unscrupulous drug "salesman" and even your average Joe.

There is horror in the Zombies and their threat, but this book goes well above and beyond that. The horror of war, of an enemy that can't be maimed, coerced or reasoned with. The horror of other human beings on the brink of despair. The horror of other nations being scared. The end of life as we know it. The many ugly reactions to an unknown threat.

Curiously enough, World War Z is all about humans. Who we are during a conflict and the kind of monster/savior we can become. Don't miss this book. ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
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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 offically had no name.
'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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