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World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

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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
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Max Brooks’s previous book,
The Zombie Survival Guide, formed the core of the world’s civilian survival manuals during the Zombie War. Mr. Brooks subsequently spent years traveling to every part of the globe in order to conduct the face-to-face interviews that have been incorporated into this present publication.
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a new kind of zombie book
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 01.09.2013
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I didn’t expect this book to be like this. At all. It surprised me three times, actually. The first time was when I started reading the book and realised that it wasn’t structured like a novel, but more like an interview with various people. Initially I really disliked that because... I didn’t expect this book to be like this. At all. It surprised me three times, actually. The first time was when I started reading the book and realised that it wasn’t structured like a novel, but more like an interview with various people. Initially I really disliked that because I enjoy it when I can relate to a character and follow his actions and emotions. This was impossible in this book. But this brought an advantage, which many novels don’t have: a very broad view on the subject and the different stages throughout the World War Z. I really appreciated that! A minor issue was for me the whole political analysis and discussion. I know that there must have gone a lot of thoughts into constructing those accounts but they just didn’t do anything for me and made the book slow going from time to time. The second time “World War Z” surprised me, was when it started getting really interesting. I had read approximately half of the book, but couldn’t really motivate myself to continue. I was really close to putting the book away but decided to read another 10 pages. After those pages I read another 10, then another 10 and so on. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop reading anymore! The third time was when and how the book ended. I loved the last chapter, because I felt it was perfectly crafted and that it rounded off the whole story all too well. It surprised me that didn’t want this book to end. Nevertheless, I decided to give it 3 stars because it was quite boring and long-winded for parts of the book which almost made me surrender.

Einfach toll
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Grenchen am 19.12.2012
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Ein tolles Buch, auch wenn man keine Zombies mag und kein Verschwörungstheoretiker ist. Als Biologe finde ich es realistisch genug (natürlich mit dem Vorbehalt der Tatsache, dass es Zombies gibt :)

realistisch & kontroversiell
von Christian Loebenstein aus Wien am 07.08.2011

World War Z: der Titel ist schon reißerisch - der Inhalt explosiv und stellenweise höchst kontroversiell! Wie in einem Tatsachenbericht erzählt Max Brooks die Geschichte des letzten großen Weltkriegs, in dem die Menschheit aber nicht etwa Nation gegen Nation, sondern Nation für Nation gegen sich selbst antritt, beziehungsweise... World War Z: der Titel ist schon reißerisch - der Inhalt explosiv und stellenweise höchst kontroversiell! Wie in einem Tatsachenbericht erzählt Max Brooks die Geschichte des letzten großen Weltkriegs, in dem die Menschheit aber nicht etwa Nation gegen Nation, sondern Nation für Nation gegen sich selbst antritt, beziehungsweise gegen seine eigenen Untoten. Vom Ausbruch und der Verbreitung der ‚Seuche’, die die Menschheit überrennt bis zum großen Gegenschlag und einem Feldzug, der schließlich zum Ende der Zivilisation führt und die Rückkehr zu den Basics der Gesellschaft bedeutet. Das mag von außen völlig irreal klingen, ist aber dermaßen realistisch geschildert, dass beim Lesen Fakt und Fiktion bald ineinander verschwimmen. Hinzu kommt, dass das Buch mit historischen und politischen Anspielungen gespickt ist und nicht mit Gesellschaftskritik spart. Unheimlich gut! Und ich bin schon sehr neugierig, wie das verfilmt werden soll.