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The Essential Max Brooks: World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide

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World War Z
“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 upwar
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Matt Kinley
Jul 05, 2013 Matt Kinley rated it really liked it
This book is really a character study, of people, societies and how government behaves. It utilizes the zombie doomsday threat, but any threat-a virus, space aliens, marauding apes- could be substituted for the impossible plot of zombies taking over the world. It's entertaining and serious, but tongue in cheek as well. Great concept, great book.
Eva Sanchez
Jul 07, 2013 Eva Sanchez rated it did not like it
This was definitely not my type of book in the end. I like action, but the mass repetitiveness of this dang book had me reeling. I would rather have been eaten by a zombie than to read a cliche novel about (somewhere, on the earth) a mysterious plague is here. Woah! they're super grotesque and are feasting on human flesh?! I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THAT Max Brooks, that is just so original of you! >_> Really though. I didn't like it and kept picking it up, I even decided to listen to a good ...more
Martijn Lindeboom
Aug 19, 2013 Martijn Lindeboom rated it really liked it
World War Z net uitgelezen. Zo! Wat een goed boek. Dat een verhaal dat bestaat uit heel veel verschillende interviews, tien jaar na de oorlog, zo sterk en zelfs emotioneel rakend kan zijn, echt heel goed gedaan. Alle aspecten (op misschien één na) van de Zombie apocalyps zijn uitgedacht en tot het uiterste doorgevoerd: een perfect voorbeeld van interne logica (één van de cruciale elementen van worldbuilding en een goed (genre) verhaal) en de uitwerking daarvan. Absoluut een aanrader, niet alleen ...more
May 18, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book; definitely a fun, interesting read. I thought that the book was very well-researched and serious for something so "impossible." I especially appreciated a worldwide perspective, and I think this book offers very good social commentary for a lot of topics--pretty deep in some respects. I recommend-I heard the audio version because I'm not sure I would have read through that many pages about this "topic."
James Johnson
Aug 03, 2013 James Johnson rated it really liked it
I recommend to the zombie fan and they survivalist. Entertaining and thought provoking to say the least. I spent the next few days assessing my house and neighborhood for vulnerabilities and possible escape routes,lol. I suggest you read The Zombie Survival Guide first, then transition to World War Z right away. You will see the connection. Also, World War Z is nothing like the movie currently in theaters. I saw the movie first, and actually enjoyed the book more.
Jan 25, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kate by: Jason Ashmead
Listened to this one on Audible and loved it. The story unfolds like a documentary and each performance was superb. I found myself asking questions about zombies that I would have never thought to ask.

May 21, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it
I NEVER read books like this and really only read it because my SO begged me to. I hate zombies and am not really a fan of the genre. Outside of that, the book was alright. I feel like I would've enjoyed it more if I liked this kind of genre
Michael Rizzo
Sep 18, 2012 Michael Rizzo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie
The ulitmate in zombie books. The guide describes how to survive and dispatch a zombie apocalypse. World war Z takes you around the world to witness a near future global outbreak many years later through the eyes of survivors.
June Carver
Aug 16, 2013 June Carver rated it really liked it
it was a good read. After seeing the previews for the movie I know it won't be nothing like the book because how the book was written. I liked how wrote it to seem like interviews.
Jun 11, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Amazing, astounding. It is so well written, clever and haunting that it completely sucked me in.
Ryan Lemke
Sep 30, 2014 Ryan Lemke rated it liked it
Number one of ten... Organize before they rise. Max Brooks World war z survival guide discussed many ways and tactics the reader could use in order to potentially survive the zombie apocalypse. Personally I enjoyed reading this book and found the knowledge within the book to be very helpful, and addressed many key points about how to survive.
This book was written to teach the audience the basic guidelines for a means of survival in the case of a zombie invasion, with the theme mainly being: al
May 19, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
World War Z:
I am a little embarrassed to admit that I actually liked this book. Although I do like a good sci-fi novel now and then, I have never been much of a "zombie" fan. However, I found this book and it's post-apocalyptic viewpoint gave me a lot to think about. Government, disease transmission, world history, wilderness survival, our dependence on technology and "comforts", living in a digital world, having a physical skillset... All things that are very relevant in today's age. After all
Jun 27, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
World War Z is not your typical zombie apocalypse tale but rather a book that focuses more on the political, military & social factors aftermath of zombie outbreak (I realize this review sounds ridiculous but it is a zombie book so merits a ridiculous sounding review). The narrator is a United Nations staff member who is writing a report on the human factors surrounding the zombie outbreak. The story is told from personal interviews of a range of characters including politicians, military ...more
May 06, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed both books very much. Max Brooks clearly did his research and the scenarios were absolutely realistic...with the exception of the existence zombies, of course. Frankly, I do find zombies pretty terrifying as their relentless pursuit of eating and difficulty in dispatching is the stuff of nightmares ever since I saw Night of the Living Dead at the tender and impressionable age of eight. Vampires? Benign during daylight hours. Werewolves? Avoid going out during the full moon. ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Jonathan rated it liked it
I think this book is great for people who think zombies will eventually will start rising from the graves. This book will tell you how to survive a zombie apocalypse, if it ever happens. But if i does happen you will be prepared.:)This book will tell you over 100 ways and tips to survive a zombie apocalypse. It will tell you from what to wear in a zombie uprising, all the way to the best places and worst places to be during a zombie apocalypse. I would give this book 3 stars because it will help ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post, apocalyptic, zombies
Great story told after-the-fact as if through taped interviews from different people all around the world who had to deal with zombies. From commoner to war hero. Some eerie parts, some scary, all fascinating. Having to deal with underwater zombies was the worst part, I think. Though the catacombs of Paris would be scary as hell, too!
I wish there was a picture but, this boxed set is really nice. I had every intention of just getting WWZ from the library, but when I saw this set on the shelf, I had to buy it. I'm glad I did too. I think these editions are done really well, the illustrations on the box are super cool and so far I'm a huge fan of both books!
Summer Lane
Jan 15, 2012 Summer Lane rated it it was amazing
The Zombie Survival Guide would literally do you a great service in any natural disaster or wartime invasion. It covers the basics of survival and combat - with the premise being, of course, that you are doing all this in order to survive the cold, dead appetites of the living dead. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have the book around. You know.
Jessica Smith
Dec 02, 2015 Jessica Smith rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who loves the zombie genre. FYI, nothing like the dumb movie. The story is so very immersive that at times I had to look around to remember where I was. The barking of dogs made me jump and I couldn't go out side after dark while reading it.
Carmen Thong
Aug 11, 2016 Carmen Thong rated it really liked it
A great book; completely researched and thought-through. I found myself on occasions wanting to find the nearest store to grab a machete and crowbar, just in case, and to keep a list of most remote places in the world and the two realistic routes to get to each. Any sci-fi nerd's idea of fun!
Annette Cook
Sep 13, 2013 Annette Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing and enjoying the movie, I found this book an interesting account from "behind the scenes."
Cheryl Simmons
Aug 05, 2013 Cheryl Simmons rated it liked it
I would really only give this book a 2.5 if I could figure out how. It was interesting & different, but not compelling since each page or two was a different story.
Jordan Lyon
Sep 06, 2015 Jordan Lyon rated it really liked it
Genuinely feel prepared for a zombie outbreak after reading this book! Highly enjoyed it, would recommend.
May 23, 2014 Ryan added it
This book was one of the best zombies that i have ever read. It is full of action, suspense and full of adventure.
Sep 03, 2012 Russell rated it it was amazing
World War Z grabbed me and took me for a roller coaster ride! Alas, about 2/3rds of the way through it slowed down.
Still It was worth a second time around for me.
James Villanueva
Mar 30, 2013 James Villanueva rated it it was amazing
Great Zombie read! Read it before they decided to make the movie with Brad Pitt ad the star. If you like Zombies then there is no way you should go another day without reading this!!!
Jesse Morales
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.
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