World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Paperback – October 16, 2007
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“An ‘oral history’ of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us—turn on your television if you don’t believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we’re winning. [His] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks’s account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived.”—Jeb Weisman, Ph.D.,Director of Strategic Technologies, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
“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
“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
“Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”—Dallas Morning News
“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 over-hyped.”—Hartford Courant
“A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account. . . . Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations 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
“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
“Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible. . . . Far more affecting than 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 and 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 A.V. Club
“The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy. . . . We haven’t been this excited about a book without pictures since–well, since ever.”—Metro
“Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel. . . . The perfect book for all us zombie junkies.”—Paste
“This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended.”—Library Journal
About the Author
- ASIN : 0307346617
- Publisher : Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (October 16, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 342 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780307346612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307346612
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 960L
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Connor Burnett on June 23, 2019
I give it 4 stars. The author did a good job of researching the cultures but there was an occasional glaring error. A Chilean speaking refers to the American president as a "gringo". But that is an ethnic pejorative for United Statesians in Mexican Spanish. A language with a worldwide spread, like English or Spanish, has a lot of localized usages.
For reasons unknown and unknowable Amazon has just sent me an email insisting I review something I already reviewed a week ago.
It was inevitable that my church's sci-fi book group would choose this as the first book of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the only similarity to the actual pandemic is that the disease originates in China. The Chinese effort to cover it up is more successful in the book, to the extent the disease enters the popular consciousness as "African rabies." South Africa is apparently where the first zombie swarms overrun whole neighborhoods.
There are no known cases of the Chinese selling the organs of deceased COVID-19 victims, as happens to some of the first zombie plague victims. In general, in fact, the authors of this book were too pessimistic. Iran is not really a nuclear power, no fake vaccine has been marketed in the United States, and most of the media has not sought to cover up how bad the pandemic is. (If it were one hundred percent fatal, of course, things might be different.) The references to Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro as being alive during the pandemic kind of date the book (it was published in 2006), but I couldn't bring myself to deduct a star for that. It was more than made up for by the fact that the President and Vice-President of the US during the war, based on their descriptions, are apparently Colin Powell and Bernie Sanders. There's a dream team for you. I wonder if Barack Obama has read this book. I wonder if it wasn't actually the last book he read before he announced his campaign.
I am reflecting a good deal on why I loved this book while I hated "A Brief History of Seven Killings" for being too brutal. I finally realized what bothered me about the latter book is not the brutality, but the fact none of the killings seem to be for a good reason. In "World War Z," the humans just want to survive and the zombies just want to feed. Which is not to say you respect the zombies, you want them to die. All the characters are well fleshed-out (forgive the pun). Five stars.
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la mancanza di un protagonista rende la lettura frammentaria, il libro è diviso in macro sezioni che rappresentano le varie fasi dell'epidemia che ha sconvolto il Mondo.
Direi che è un testo per soli appassionati del filone zombi, alcune "testimonianze" sono particolarmente intense ed interessanti da leggere. Il testo copre poco gli accadimenti del continente Europeo, ad eccezione di Islanda,UK ed Irlanda ed accenni alla Germania, Italia assente dal romanzo.
Virus verwandelt Menschen in untote, schlurfende Horden die nur durch Kopfschuss zu töten sind.
Eine altbekannte Geschichte.
Allerdings fängt dieses Buch erst dort richtig an, wo die typische Zombiegeschichte aufhört. Wie geht es weiter wenn die Überlebenden durch das Militär gerettet werden? Wie reagiert die Regierung, wie die Welt als ganzes? Wie lebt man in einer Welt, die von den Untoten überrannt wird?
In Form einer fiktiven Dokumentation erfährt man anhand von Zeugenaussagen die Geschichte wie die Zombies die Welt überrannten und wie es weiterging.
Diese etwas distanzierte Erzählung kann allerdings für manche Leser ein Problem sein, da keine wirkliche Verbindung zu den Charackteren aufgebaut wird und ein klassischer Spannungsbogen fehlt. Ich hatte nie das Gefühl, ich hätte in diesem Buch eine Klimax erreicht. Die teilweise aber doch recht packenden Erzählungen der Überlebenden, die einem unter Umständen schon mit einem Kloß im Hals zurücklassen können, machen dies in meinen Augen jedoch wett.
Ein zweites, für mich aber nicht wirklich vorhandenes Problem, ist der teilweise Mangel and recherche durch Brooks.
Alles in allem war ich sehr positiv von diesem Buch überrascht, vor allem da ich sonst keine typischen Zombiegeschichten mag.