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World War Z

Written By:Max Brooks - 2006

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An oral history of the zombie war

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the plague years.


New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Wall Street Journal bestseller

As featured on NPR's "Talk of the Nation"

"Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles's War of the Worlds radio broadcast... This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view." —Dallas Morning News

"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. A." —Entertainment Weekly, EW pick

"Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone... It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating." —USA Today

"Will spook you for real." —New York Times Book Review

"Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible... Far more affecting that anything involving zombies really has any right to be... The book... opens in blood and guts, turns the world into an oversized version of hell, then ends with an 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's A.V. Club

"Brooks [is] America's most prominent maven on the living dead... Chilling... It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and overhyped." —Hartford Courant

"A horror fan's version of Studs Terkel's The Good War... Like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology." —Booklist

"A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account... Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political oberservations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery... The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace." —Fangoria