Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 342 pages
Audiobook Length: 5 hours and 59 minutes
First Published: 2006
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We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the pandemic.
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, 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.
Quotes from World War Z
The monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts.
I think that most people would rather face the light of a real enemy than the darkness of their imagined fears.
I don’t know if great times make great men, but I know they can kill them.
Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.
Movie Trailer for World War Z (2013)
About Max Brooks
Max Brooks is the author of three Zombie-themed books, The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, and Devolution, about Sasquatch. Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. He currently lives in California. Visit the author’s website →