World War Z

World War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War

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It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginning of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse.

Faced with a future of mindless man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the ten-year fight against the horde, World War Z brings the finest traditions of journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of human civilisation.

Read the original cult novel that propelled the zombie genre into the mainstream - now a blockbuster film and game.

'An absolute must have ... Brooks infuses his writing with such precise detail and authenticity, one wonders if he knows something we don't.' Simon Pegg

'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.' Entertainment Weekly

'As a horror story, it's exciting. As a parable, it's terrifying.' Empire 5* Review

'Brilliant.' Time Out

'[Brooks'] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.' Kirkus Reviews

'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.' Fangoria

'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.' Jeb Weisman, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

'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.' 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.' Metro

'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.' Paste

'The smartest novel about the undead you'll ever read... intricately detailed...utterly convincing - and terrifying.' FHM

'Max Brooks really is the godfather of all the zombie stories.' The Sun
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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 250g
  • Duckworth
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0715637037
  • 9780715637036
  • 3,543

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It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and soon revealed itself to be much worse. Based on interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, this book brings the ...
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When the zombie apocalypse arrives, we'll be at Max Brooks' house ... As a horror story, it's exciting. As a parable, it's terrifying * 5* Empire review *
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About Max Brooks

Max Brooks is the bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, Closure Limited and the graphic novel Recorded Attacks. He has also written for Saturday Night Live for which he won an Emmy.
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This is a sic-fi book with a hardcore, consistent and well written story. To zombie fans worldwide, this is a must have and a pleasure to read several more
by Nuno Geraldes
Hellow Zombies is always a good subject, although a very used one, specially lately, since it's "fashion", and knowing that this book was quite different from the ones I am used to reading on this matter I decided to give a go. I end up leaving it in my to read list for a while although I have it for several months, because I wanted the plot to be fresh on my brain when the time to see the movie come. Max Brooks writing is nice, nothing to complain on that matter, and this is probably the most realistic book I ever read about zombies, most of things did make sense and kept me wandering about the possibility of them to happen on real life. "World War Z" for me its more of an anthology, every interview sounded like a short story and sometimes there was no guideline at all, the fact that we already know the end since the beginning and that there is no action makes this a slow read in fact. Looking back I did enjoy that there was several different points of view and ways to escape/survive and that he explored lots of them, not only within the American country(that was a big plus to me) but sometimes I felt like everyone was disconnected from their feelings and that every one being interviewed had a political or military agenda going on. One thing that bothered me was that everyone seem to have a similar voice/point of view on politics, and that the journalist roll was almost inexistent, that made this history sound more like a lecture that real time interviews, and that was a bit disappointing. I wish the interviewer had asked more and bolder questions to the ones he was talking with and not disappear on the stories. The most important thing about this book, and probably what disappointed me the most, was the fact that an horror book to me, needs to be a thriller somehow, this book needed to keep me expecting something, to get me nervous, to give me a reaction somehow, and what I've got from this was far from that. There is just no climax at all, and believe me, I was not expecting something like the movie, the true American hero ,tormented one, fighting for his family in order to save the world... not at all, that is not my type of plot. I just wanted to connect with the characters, to feel with and for them when they told me about what they've been through and unfortunately that just didn't happened. Regards Yours sincerely, Skeleton Orchidshow more
by SkeletonOrchid
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