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World War Z

An Oral History Of The Zombie War

Brooks, Max

(Paperback - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
World War Z
Now a major motion picture 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
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2013
ISBN: 0770437400


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Sep 19, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brooks presents a dystopic future featuring a crippling virus. The story features the zombie pandemic as told to 'the author' by people involved, from the doctor who saw the first case, to military personnel involved at the height, to leaders trying to rebuild. Featuring a global perspective and a journalistic tone, this book is excellent and a riveting read.

Jul 03, 2014
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! :) I saw the movie, so I decided to give the book a shot. Although they are very different I definitely loved them both! Quick read, would def recommend

May 14, 2014
  • pamcora87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. I loved the multiple perspectives given by each interview. The fast paced images and thrilling subject matter make it a quick and enjoyable read.

Nov 15, 2013
  • Ferrous1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Totally different from the movie, which makes the format take a bit to adjust to, but totally enjoyable. An interesting view of human nature and society, and what would happen if an all-encompassing calamity that was very difficult to escape happened. Well worth a read even from just this perspective if you're not into zombies.
Highly recommended.

Sep 06, 2013
  • stanicus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Warning to anyone who liked the movie and wanted to read the book: The book and the movie is completely different. Once I got over the fact that the movie and the book is different, I found the book to be a very good read. It's an interesting take on how certain countries would react to an apocalyptic event.

Jul 28, 2013
  • Tingwerson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had to check this out a couple of times due to not having enough time to finish it. The layout was not something that I found easy to really breeze through. But interesting and hopefully good information should there ever be a zombie apocalypse.

Jul 08, 2011
  • bookee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not a fan of zombie books. In general I find the idea of a zombie kinda stupid (I don't know why that is, since I read a ton of UF). I got this book on a total whim and I'm so glad I did. It was original and well written. Each interviewee was characterized superbly. The atmosphere was dark and properly moody. The portrayal of the different reactions by some of the world's governments seemed almost too chillingly accurate. Super entertaining often frightening thriller.


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Jul 28, 2013
  • Tingwerson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What about your parents?
What about them? We lived in the same apartment, but I never really conversed with them. I’m sure they thought I was studying. Even when school closed I told them I still had to prepare for exams. They never questioned it. My father and I rarely spoke. In the mornings my mother would leave a breakfast tray at my door, at night she would leave dinner. The first time she didn’t leave a tray, I thought nothing of it. I woke up that morning, as I always did; gratified myself, as I always did; logged on, as I always did. It was midday before I started to feel hungry. I hated those feelings, hunger or fatigue or, the worst, sexual desire. Those were physical distractions. They annoyed me.


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