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Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’ re coming. They’re hungry.

Don’t wait for them to come to you!

This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Broadway Books (first published 2009)
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Don
Reading this was enjoyable enough, but the more I've thought about it afterward, the more annoyed I've become.

First, there isn't any new material here; all the material is taken directly from the Zombie Survival Guide. This in itself isn't terrible - it's just not what I had been expecting. But the stories are still as interesting as they were the first time around, and the art does make the incidents more immediate.

What's entirely irritating, however, is the publisher's approach to the book. Th...more
Kemper
As a big fan of Brooks' World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide, I was really looking foward to this graphic novel that tells of zombie attacks through history. The stories are interesting and once again Brooks' writing shows that he's spent waaaayyy too much time thinking about tactics to fight off zombies. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I vote we put Brooks in charge of our defenses.

But this is short and sweet, and didn't fill my craving for another Brooks zombie book. Plus, I think Rober...more
Becky
3.5 Stars-

OK... I really loved The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead & the audio performance of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and I have plans to read World War Z next month (since the audio is abridged... I know, I know! Blasphemy. Yes, but it's awesome still. It's the exception. Trust me. Just look at the cast list.) and so I thought that I would round out the Max Brooks trio on my bookcase and pick this up.

I enjoyed it for the most part, and...more
Sesana
This is a companion of sorts to Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide, which I seem to remember reading years ago. The basic concept is to briefly cover, in graphic novel format, a series of outbreaks occurring throughout history, starting in the stone age and ending in modern America. The narration is written exactly as you would expect if it were actually presenting a series of historical events. Apparently, this was all originally written for and published in the original Survival Guide.

The art is b...more
Greg
This was a broadly amusing short read that attempts to create a pseudo-history of recorded outbreaks of the solanium virus and the resultant attacks by zombies on the living at various locations around the globe in the past 60,000 years. Illustrated in black-and-white, zombies are shown in varying degrees of decay, gore and savageness, in contrast to their usually startled and horrified victims! I liked linkages between zombies and aspects of actual Romano-British and Egyptian archaeology, but f...more
Melissa
I find it very distracting when a comic is written where sentences . . . ellipse through two pages . . . and it's only one thought . . . that's trying to be . . . conveyed. Supposedly this adds to the gravity, but I'm not buying it. Since I've been waiting for this book since 2008, I was hoping it'd be a little longer.
sj
I know, I know - you guys are probably all saying to yourselves "Wait? sj read an actual book? Like, something made of dead trees and BOUND and everything? NOT digital?! Whaaaaaa?" Really, I know it's a total shocker. I haven't picked up an actual book book since October, I think, when I last re-read all of my Walking Dead hardbacks, so I get it.

The thing is, this book has been sitting on a bookshelf (well, it was in a box for a few days when we moved, but then it got placed BACK on the bookshel...more
Shilpi Jain
Ahhh anything to do with living dead makes me curious so I absolutely had to read this. As the title suggests, it records events back from 5000 BC until as recently as World War II and afterwards about zombie attacks and why they were never officially recorded or acknowledged. It's a short book, thankfully, but most of the theories are too far fetched to believe them. There we no new takeaways from what you haven't seen in the zombie movies- hit on the head to kill etc. I actually thought it was...more
Trin
These stories are lifted directly out of the back of the original Zombie Survival Guide, so don’t expect any new material here. However, they’re extremely fun in graphic novel form, and if it’s been a while since you read Brooks’ first zombie book, as it has for me, I think you’ll still find these a treat.
Kelly
I'm not a graphic novel fan. I completely understand why they are so popular and how they can help struggling readers to become better readers by teaching them to visualize pictures while they read. Because I have vivid visuals in my mind as I read, the graphic novels conflict with these images sometimes, and that's why I prefer not to read them. I "force" myself to read a few each year so I can have conversations with students, and that's why I read this one.

I really liked this graphic novel; z...more
Dana
This graphic novel features short stories of zombie outbreaks through out human history. I prefer Max Brooks’ novels to this graphic novel but it was still fun to read.
Minna
Jul 28, 2011 Minna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zombie nuts
I liked it, it was interesting to see the recorded zombie outbreaks hinted at in the Survival Guide. It's was a fast read.
Helen
Gift from Lance. Read this awhile ago. It is what is, and it's not what it's not. But overall it was both a quick and fun read.
Mel
The thing I liked best about world war z was the way it used oral history to tell the story. So when I found a comic book version of the historical attacks I had to get a copy. This was really great, there were few words and the story was mostly told through the pictures which worked really well in the comic book format. The historical stories were great coming from all over the globe with only the very last story taking place in the US. It really gave a good global and historical setting. The o...more
Mike
Interesting premise even if, like me, you don't give a damn about zombies.
Sara
Jan 04, 2013 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
The graphic portion is fun. The rest you've read before.
Joshua Elliott
This is a graphic novel from Max Brooks who is the authority on the undead. It recounts historical accounts of singular or mass zombie attacks and the subsequent cover-ups and obliteration of the infection. It is very well written and illustrated. The pictures will make you cringe.
Having read World War Z, Recorded Attacks gives a haunting foreshadowing of things to come. It shows our ignorance and reaction to the infection, the attempted weaponization of infection, and tells the things we have...more
Andrew
Recorded Attacks is a selection of incidents from the end of the Zombie Survival Guide converted to graphic novel format.

I really enjoyed the artwork and thought that the adaptations were well-done. Each one definitely captured the mood of the attack and the emotions of the victims and survivors. I was a little disappointed that it was all in black and white though.

As far as the stories go, I had been expecting new content - that's probably my own fault for not reading enough about it in advance...more
O'Dasor
Feb 07, 2010 O'Dasor rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comicbook fans
Shelves: on-the-shelf
you're out camping with your girlfriend,
and take a short walk in the woods,
leaving her behind to tend the camp.

when you return, she attacks you,
chomping at your flesh,
ready to feast on your brains!
she's a zombie!

what do you do, now?

such is the stuff of Max Brooks'
The Zombie Survival Guide
- Recorded Attacks.

short, brutal and expected.

unlike his previous works
The Zombie Survival Guide,
Complete Protection From The Living Dead,
and its sequel World War Z,
An Oral History of the Zombie War,

Recorded A...more
Holden Attradies
My favorite part of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead was the Recorded Attacks section, and it always leaves me wishing it was a whole book on it's own. So when I first saw that this book existed I was excited, both loving that section and graphic novels.

Upon reading it, however, I was disappointed much in the manner I was disappointed in the original abridged audiobook for World War Z. It leaves out so many good things. This I understand, I suppose. I guess the...more
Patrick Nichol
As a chronicler of zombie lore, Max Brooks is no Robert Kirkman. But The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks is a fine companion to his phenomenal World War Z.

Brooks, son of comedy genius Mel Brooks, has surveyed history for his terrifying vignettes of the walking dead. According to Brooks, the walking dead appeared as far back as prehistoric times and continue on to today.

Each episode is introduced, Twilight Zone-like, by Brooks based in part on actual history. And all of them are gruesome...more
Eva Leger
This wasn't nearly as enjoyable for me as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War or The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. I'm thinking it's because of the comic-book-ness of it although I did just read Art Spiegelman's Maus (1 & 2) and I had no problem with those.
I think the problem was, more spefically, the lack of wording. This was far more like a comic book than Maus was. I think comic book readers or those able to deal with more pictures/less wordin...more
Aramis A.
Ever wanted to know the zombie history goes? Well wait no more because "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" by Max Brooks. This book is about how zombies fared in against humans through the ages. It truly is a book of interesting matters. Its a book that shows what humans can do during a survival period. Max Brooks truly made a book that shows the diversity of reading.
This the second book of a two book series. The first being called "The Zombie Survival Guide" in which it teaches you...more
Thomas
Basically this is a series of vignettes though out time where humans faced Zombies (from the Prehistoric times to the 90s) Some folks may not like some of the historical inaccuracies - such as being off by a century or two in certain descriptions and drawings (i.e. drawing a 19th century town like its the 1700s or something, or referring to a slave uprising in 18 something that really happened 100 years earlier) - or so I've read in other reviews, but seriously guys the title of the book is THE...more
Ryan
There's no 'new' story in this book - it's instead a graphic-novel adaptation of the 'Recorded Attacks' section of Brooks' Survival Guide. For those of you who haven't read the guide, the section in question outlines zombie outbreaks in various points in history, ranging from prehistoric Africa, ancient Rome, the age of Sail, and others.

Adaptations are tricky things. They require balancing being faithful to the story material with having something unique to say; this becomes even more difficult...more
Angela
If you've read Max Brooks' entirely deadpan and therefore entirely chortleworthy The Zombie Survival Guide, then you've already pretty much read the content of this graphic novel. If you haven't, then what you've got here is a nice little collection of zombie attacks throughout recorded history, in a setting that assumes that they've been going on all this time and that they only seem more recent because we've just gotten way better at recording them.

For Max Brooks fans, the main virtue of this...more
Schnaucl
I enjoyed this book but I found myself really missing the depth of World War Z. I would have really loved to read the same kind of oral interviews, particularly during the "slave rebellion."

I also need to go back and read World War Z to see if this book is consistent with the mythology established in that book and in The Zombie Survival Guide. I thought the zombie outbreak was a new thing, but perhaps there were references to historical attacks which I don't remember. It's been a while since I'v...more
Roman Stadtler
Oct 13, 2009 Roman Stadtler rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombie fans!
this is a graphically (in all senses of the word) illustrated telling of some of the zombie attacks recorded in Brook's first book, The Zombie Survival Guide. The art is very good, and there's lots of nice details appropriate to the cultures of the respective times, such as the Roman general's stoicism against the zombie infestation, or the foolish adherence of French Foreign Legionnaires to one method of attack, even when a better method is discovered, or the fiendishness of the Cossacks. Along...more
Ondřej Puczok
I've just finished with World War Z, so what to read more? And this book was logical next step, which were even helping with explaining of WWZ world. It's interesting book, but as I'm not normally fan of graphic novels, it was really surprise for me, that it ended so quick. And stories itself? Some of them were really interesting (Egypt, Siberia or slaver boat) some "weaker", but all of them really short - these graphic novels:D
Ashley
I checked out this graphic novel from my local library's Overdrive for my Kindle Fire and dang, it's slick! I was never into comics or graphic novels, I think because comic book stores aren't renowned for being female-friendly, so I'm just coming to the medium now. I read Richard Castle's Deadly Storm before giving it to my mom for Christmas (ordered it off Amazon) and enjoyed it, so I figured I'd give this a shot. It was too short, but otherwise quite enjoyable, a nice supplement to The Zombie...more
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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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