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World War Z - One Of The Best Zombie Books Ever Written

Updated on December 14, 2012

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

I'm not going out on a limb by calling World War Z one of the greatest zombie books ever published, as those who have already read it can back me up on that, but those of you who haven't read it may need a little convincing. That's where this article is going to come in handy.

You're probably here for one of two reasons. The World War Z book was recommended to you by someone or you've heard all the chatter about the World War Z film that's in production.

Although I have little faith in Hollywood to adapt this wonderful horror novel into a good film, I am a huge fan of the story itself. World War Z by Max Brooks will remain high on every horror fans list of scary literature, but it could possibly retain the number one spot for best zombie book forever.

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A Little Bit About The Author

Max Brooks

Maximillian Michael "Max" Brooks was born in New York City on May 22, 1972 to Mel Brooks (director, writer, actor) and Anne Bancroft (actress).

A Few Other Things He Has Done

Written for Saturday Night Live (2001 - 2003).

Wrote the book The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.

Has acted on TV shows such as Melrose Place, Roseanne and 7th Heaven.

Done voice-over work on animated series such as Batman Beyond and Justice League.

For me, it will always be called "The Zombie War."

My Review Of One Of The Best Zombie Books I've Ever Read - World War Z Book Review


Have you ever imagined what the world would be like during a worldwide zombie outbreak? World War Z doesn't put you in the middle of the action, but instead takes place after humanity's victory over the walking dead. The story is told in an interview style format from the notes of a UN worker that has interviewed a wide range of people about their experiences during the outbreak. The entire book relays interviews from survivors that take place from the initial turnings to individual and military encounters with the dead up until how we are presently dealing with the virus and its creations.

My experience with reading this apocalyptic tale was a good one. Mr. Brooks is obviously a huge fan of the zombie genre and has put a lot of thought into writing this nightmarish novel. I very rarely find myself reading books more than once, but at the time of this writing I have, in fact, read World War Z four times in about a year. It's not too long and reads very easily. I dare say that people who give it a try will also find themselves wanting to revisit it within a few months. World War Z by Max Brooks is a strong buy for people who love zombies or the horror genre in general.

Instead of re-hashing my arguments for getting this book, I've decided to list just a few of the moments in which I find most cool. If you're not convinced to give World War Z a try after reading these, then maybe you want to look for another zombie book.

A Few Interviews That I Found Particularly Interesting As A Die-Hard Fan Of Zombies - This book will be used as a standard to measure all other zombie books.

  • A doctor relays his experience with his first encounter with the disease during a trip to a remote village in China. This is believed to be, though not for certain, one of the initial outbreak points.
  • Israel is the first nation to take the growing zombie threat seriously by throwing full military and governmental support towards the problem. Dog were used to determine if people were infected and fences were put up for safety. They took in anyone who came seeking safety.
  • The U.S. military engages the walking dead in one of its first major battles in Yonkers, NY. They get their butts kicked despite having tanks and explosives at their disposal.
  • A heroic sacrifice in India tells how a mountain road was destroyed just in time to keep thousands of zombies at bay. The soldier on the safe side tells how the dead kept coming for him, even though they just fell off the shattered edge to the depths below.
  • People who had practical skill sets, such as plumbers, welders and mechanics became a needed commodity. These people were necessary in rebuilding society and were held in high regards. The wealthy and untalented still pitched in to help by doing manual labor. There was one part in the book where a maid is teaching her former employer how to sweep and clean.


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World War Z Paperback Book - A zombie apocalypse book you'll want to have on your shelf.

The link below will take you to the World War Z book, but Max Brook's epic zombie tale is also available in other forms. Just do a search on Amazon for the World War Z audiobook (on CD) or the World War Z Kindle edition. I, myself, always prefer the paper versions.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

I've covered just about everything I've got to say in the rest of the article. I'd just like to say that this is a real classic piece of horror fiction that will always hold up well in the horror literature genre.

If you like horror novels, you'll love it. If you like horror novels and zombies, you'll find it amazing.


Fan Made World War Z Trailer - The real thing will be put up just as soon as it's released.

What are your thoughts on the World War Z book and the upoming World War Z movie?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great! I like this zombie stuff but have a little afraid

      I will look this book

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      LeslieMirror 5 years ago

      I am not a fan of all this zombie stuff, but your review sounds interesting. May be I should check it out..

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved World War Z, and can't wait to check out the movie. Zombies are one of the things my teenage son and I both enjoy, and our copy of the book has been lovingly abused to tatters. Max Brooks is a really great zombie writer and a very entertaining man.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      A book about the zombie apocalypse, written by the author of The Zombie Survival Guide? Yes, I'll be reading this.

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Just the name alone makes me want to check it out. I will look for this book, i hope to see a film adaptaion.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I definitely need to check this book out - I keep hearing good things!