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A Zombie's History of the United States: From the Massacre at Plymouth Rock to the CIA's Secret War on the Undead Paperback – December 1, 2010
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Using the initial premise that the zombie virus was already loose in North America when Columbus arrived (with zombies co-existing with Native Americans who had learned to co-exist with them), this book creates a rich alternate history of the U.S., one in which our national heroes (like Ben Franklin, Davey Crockett, and Teddy Roosevelt) all deal with zombies in one way or another as zombies' role in American society change and evolve from historical to era or era.
Miller is obviously a knowledgeable historian (the book credits him as a Professor of Zombology, although I assume he actually teaches either American history or creative writing, perhaps both), and the way he weaves zombies into both familiar and obscure episodes of U.S. history is at once fascinating, hilarious, and bizarrely plausible. Apparently America used to have wild herds of zombies roaming the countryside. Then, as westward expansion occurred, zombies were pushed further west, hunted to near extinction, and then pushed into hiding as an exploited underclass (in this book, zombies are a metaphor for every minority under the sun, from slaves to immigrants to communists to homosexuals, to hilarious effect and with intricate detail). In the modern age, zombies have been nearly erased from the historical narrative by our nationalist, corporate media and are forgotten by the average America.. But of course, like a real zombie, the zombie virus will never really die.Read more ›
If the amazing, brilliant World War Z owes its core to Studs Terkel, then A Zombie's History of the United States owes its heart to Howard Zinn.
Anyone with an elementary-school-level understanding of American History will get a kick out of how the author explains how zombies were present at famous moments in our nation's history. The book does a great job of weaving zombies into these moments and creates a consistent mythology of a great country built on hard work, entrepreneurship, and a pretty poorly-kept secret about the undead. I particularly enjoyed the sections on Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson and the Cold War.
If you're like me - the kind of person who reads history books - pick this one up. It's a little lighter, a little funnier, and a great break from the serious fare you and I are used to. It's not transcendent or anything, but it's a great effort.
Within a few pages it's clear that Dr. Miller did a ton of research to produce this vast re-imagining of American history. This book recounts the history of the United States and details how zombies plagued early colonization, establishment of settlements, war, westward progress and nearly all other important events and eras that comprise the history of America. This story is told in such a deadpan, matter-of-fact way that it begins to seem oddly plausible. In fact, if you removed the references to `zombies' and replaced them with `rabid natives' (or some other widely deplored minority group of the time) you might just mistake this as a retelling of historical fact. Several times I googled the details presented in the book and found them to be totally accurate - impressively so (except for the zombies).
The section on Lewis and Clark is brilliant - detailing Lewis' childhood fascination with `zombism' after fighting off a zombie attack that threatened his family after a hunt, and the methods used by Clark to zombie-proof their boat and train their men to accurately shoot for the head to fend off zombie attacks during the expedition.Read more ›
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Imaginative writing that will keep you interested until the last page. I didn't really know what I was about to read, but it was very enjoyable.Published on May 30, 2014 by S. Joanis
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I've read quite a few zombie books but this one was better than I anticipated. The use of America's history as the backdrop made for a fresh approach within the genre and the... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Paul B Crolley
My husband gave me this book to read as he's a bit of a zombie fanatic. I've never really been a zombie (or horror) movie fan, so I didn't think I'd really like it. I was wrong. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by ziralover
Although zombology is a relatively new field, Miller's debut book is a meaty tome and leaves the reader wanting more. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Valencia