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

by Max Brooks

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Title:World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Authors:Max Brooks
Info:Crown (2006), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:post-apocalyptic science-fiction zombies war audiobook

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (2006)

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I listened to the audiobook version of this novel,and it was great. Alan Alda was the voice of government and he was a good choice. A good mixture of humor and honesty. ( )
  KellyAnns | Jul 22, 2017 |
Really enjoyed how believable this was. Didn't really focus too heavily on the shuffling, rotting undead but rather the survivors and their stories combining to give you to vision of a world post zombie apocalypse. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
Really enjoyed how believable this was. Didn't really focus too heavily on the shuffling, rotting undead but rather the survivors and their stories combining to give you to vision of a world post zombie apocalypse. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
Not written in the conventional novel form this book is actually made up of individual accounts of those during the "zombie war" in an interview Q&A format. It is arranged in the chronological of each accounts timeline in the zombie war from the buildup to the pandemic to its eventual "cleansing".

Enjoyed reading this quite a bit actually. The narrators are made up individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds, places and ideologies. Each voice was unique.

Watched the movie first... and this book is a totally different vein and feel from it. The premise of zombie virus strain is the same though and they did incorporate some of the accounts into movie storyline. But for the most part it is a wholly different story. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
World War Z is a phenomenal piece of writing. More so because it deals with zombies, which are so widespread in modern day media that they have almost become passé. Where The Walking Dead tries to use the lure of dealing with how the human mind deals with zombies and slowly becomes corrupted itself, Brooks rather deals with how our human world and infrastructure is overthrown and copes with a zombie war. That's not to say that he ignores humans, far from it. He takes every opportunity to explore the despair, hope, sadness and happiness that springs from our dealings with zombies.

Probably his masterstroke is in dealing with the world rather than focussing on just one country or area. It really brings home the scope and devastation of the war and makes the eventual recovery after the war even more impactful. Hearing from so many different people and cultures gives us a wonderful cross section of opinions both god, bad and strange) as well as allowing us as readers to know that for all he bad the war did, it also helped humanity to grow closer together and appreciate each other more.

However good or bad the movie is, it will not change the fact that World War Z is one of the most amazing books I've read. Even if the mere mention of the word zombie makes you sigh with reluctance I'd enthusiastically advise you to read this or to at least get hold of the excellently crafted audiobook. ( )
  MerkabaZA | Jun 12, 2017 |
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For Henry Michael Brooks,
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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.
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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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“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.


Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war

“I found ‘Patient Zero’ behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.” —Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China


“‘Shock and Awe’? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t, but biologically can’t! That’s what happened that day outside New York City, that’s the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn’t shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They’re not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid!” —Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of Yonkers


“Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth.” —General Travis D’Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

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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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