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How to Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control

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"The stories are wonderful and well told. Readers get extensive coverage of [Sergei] Bryukhonenko’s grisly research and Walter Freeman’s lobotomy industry — more than 200 operations in one two-week period! — and the Turkish honey that drives people mad and the wasps that make caterpillars guard their cocooning young and a virus that makes its host violent…. The book is alive. The zombie tales Swain tells are love stories." -Washington Post

"The books succeeds wonderfully as a hybrid, stitched-together work, not unlike some of the composite creatures Swain describes: one part history, two parts science and at least three parts 'I can't believe someone did that!' … Fascinating." —Smithsonian magazine

"Those curious about scientific attempts to control the minds and bodies of others will relish this accessible, informative, and anecdote-rich account… Unsettling and fascinating." —Publishers Weekly

"Frank Swain's gripping book, How to Make a Zombie, reads like a non-fiction version of a Stephen King novel — you'll stay up all night reading it with goose bumps and the lights on. This story of life, death, and the grey areas in between, and the scientific (and pseudoscientific) attempts at resuscitation, resurrection, and immortality, is the best account I've read of what has to be humanity's biggest fear (death) and the lengths we have gone to in order to circumvent its finality. I read it straight through in one sitting, and so will you." —Michael Shermer, New York Times best-selling author of The Believing Brain and columnist, Scientific American

"Swain serves up a ghoulish treat — the real-life zombies of science and nature! Packed full of bizarre research and jaw-dropping tales, his book succeeds in being simultaneously entertaining, informative, and slightly unnerving, since it turns out that the zombies are, quite likely, you and I." —Alex Boese, best-selling author of Elephants on Acid and Electrified Sheep

"From attempts to reanimate animals from death to mind control experiments and brain-hacking parasites, this delightfully macabre book explores the reality of zombie mythology. Science punk Frank Swain has pulled off a masterful feat in this broad-ranging and fascinating book. Braiiiins!" —Dr. Lewis Dartnell, Research Fellow, University of Leicester, and author of Life in the Universe

"No one will nod off during this grand tour of sorcerers, necromancers, secret societies, and people who mess with brains and the black market in body parts…. Swain has a juicy cast of contenders responsible for such activities, and he presents them with point-by-point progress, leaving the facts to wow readers but providing both moody and electric atmosphere." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Frank Swain is the founder of SciencePunk, the popular SEED ScienceBlogs website devoted to the fringes of science. A regular contributor to publications such as Wired and the Guardian, he has a history of climbing buildings, managing burlesque shows, and generally being a force for good — and the scientific method. Swain lives in the U.K.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689446
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This one is fun! Only the first chapteror so deals with the Hatian zombie legends, the rest covers the long hunt for immortality and how/if you can bring the recently dead back to life
Facinating stories of early efforts at reanimation, experiments in Victorian times with the bodies of executed felons and corpses recovered by grave robbers.
Stories of the early Soviet efforts to transplant dogs heads and keep them alive and how this lead directly to modern techniques for harvesting and maintaing organs for later transplantm, including heart lung machines.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olosnah Crafts on May 11, 2014
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Ever wonder why Pregnant people should never change litter boxes?
Ever wonder how Zombiefication works?

This book has a lot of information on it that I have not read anywhere else. Most of what I connect from this books are so called myths or legends from my childhood. While reading this book I felt I was reading an in-depth Wikipedia article. There is too much information in this book for me to reiterate, but it even talks about how rabies works with a possible way to work through it. I am hoping that appropriate citizens will use this book to further there thinking,but I feel that all Veterinarians should read it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Dilley on September 21, 2013
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I just started the book, but so far it is interesting, covering the Haitian zombies and beginning of the cinematic zombie and now experiments with resuscitation.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack on June 6, 2013
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this is a very funny book that i really enjoyed reading and was extremly entertaining!YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!!(Needs more credit)
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gregory salhoff on November 5, 2013
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short read again she will send this to me when she is done reading I look forward to reading this.
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