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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies.”—Entertainment Weekly
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.


“Will spook you for real.”The New York Times Book Review
“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
“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’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”Dallas Morning News

Fiction & Literature
September 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

mitchator ,

who knew?

I really enjoyed this book. It has a clever way of attacking the zombie genre ( which i'm not personally into.. but thought i'd give this book a try). Quick, thought provoking "excerpts." You can read it 10 minutes at a time or blast the book in a quick 4 hours>> give it a try though>> just read a sample and I bet you get captivated.

JoetheJoe ,

Zombie Best!

This is by far the best zombie story ever written. Based on an entirely believable progression of a fictitious epidemic. A truly imaginable and well explained disease that makes the idea of the walking dead seem absolutely plausible.

This book should cause a feeling of urgent need to read The Zombie Survival Guide.

If you need a hero to follow, watch a movie. I recommend Zombie Land.

When you want a vivid picture of the world littered with walking corpses and the desperation of the living human race, read World War Z.

weesus ,


I've been into zombies all my life , it's one of my favorite genres . Max Brooks got it right with this one!!!!!

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