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Press Release - World War Z by Max Brooks

Press Release - World War Z by Max Brooks



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WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Three Rivers Press, October 16, 2007), is an recounting of these apocalyptic and horrifying years that will make sure we never forget how close we came to total annihilation. Told from the perspective of numerous survivors from all over the world, from Denver to South Africa, Sydney to Yonkers, Malibu to India, WORLD WAR Z captures the sacrifices and, toward the end, the ingenuity of our race to defend and save our cities, towns, and villages from a plague that seemed virtually impossible to stop.

To read more about World War Z or Max Brooks please visit Crown Publishing Group at crownpublishing.com.
WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Three Rivers Press, October 16, 2007), is an recounting of these apocalyptic and horrifying years that will make sure we never forget how close we came to total annihilation. Told from the perspective of numerous survivors from all over the world, from Denver to South Africa, Sydney to Yonkers, Malibu to India, WORLD WAR Z captures the sacrifices and, toward the end, the ingenuity of our race to defend and save our cities, towns, and villages from a plague that seemed virtually impossible to stop.

To read more about World War Z or Max Brooks please visit Crown Publishing Group at crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Oct 16, 2007
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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact:Campbell Wharton
(212) 572-2296;cwharton@randomhouse.com 
WORLD WAR ZAn Oral History of the Zombie War
By Max Brooks
“Zombies are among us — turn on your television if you don’t believe it. But, Brooks reassures usin this all-too-realistic novel, even today human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we’rewinning. Brooks seeds his mockumentary with smart nods to the chains of cause and effect thatspring from today’s headlines. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.”
 — (Starred review)
Kirkus Reviews
“A horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s
The Good War
(1984). The interviews and personalaccounts capture the universal fear of the collapse of society. Horror fans won’t be disappointed;like George Romero’s
World War Z
is another milestone in the zombie mythology.”
“The novel is hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporarypoliticians and policies are an added bonus.” —
Publishers Weekly
 “Provocative and enthralling,
World War Z
is science fiction at its best. Brooks imbues the storywith a deep sense of humanity, a keen appreciation for detail, and a haunting perspective on theability—or not—of our governments, militaries, and other institutions to deal with worst-casescenarios.”
—Bradley Graham,
Washington Post 
military affairs correspondent
“Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologiesand brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. Brooks’ accountof the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating.
World War Z
provides uswith 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
“After a heated bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Brad Pitt’s Plan B walks off with the rights to Max Brooks’ tome
World War Z
. Plan B won out picking up the property for areported six against seven figures.”
The Hollywood Reporter 
The end was near
. Zombies were taking over. They were infiltrating ever corner the world. No neutralground existed, no nation was secure, and we were in serious danger of becoming extinct — overrun byhordes of the living dead.

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dauntless_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I was amazed by the scope of the whole thing and all of the details.
debbiebspinner reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Interesting format, and fascinating sociological scenarios. And zombies.
melissarochelle_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Reads like non-fiction...reminded me of And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, which sounds weird, but if you read both books I think you'll understand.
shanaqui_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
World War Z uses an interesting concept: the idea of collecting an oral history about something that didn't really happen. I like the idea of this in itself -- Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home convinced me of that -- and thought this was a fair enough attempt at it. The political scenarios are well thought out, and the consequences of all sorts of different actions and ideas are traced through to their conclusions. It really could happen this way, and it really could be recorded this way --

By a biased, probably white, male, of course. It'd be really clever if Max Brooks wrote it that way on purpose: male interviewees outnumbering the female, political bias on the part of the archivist, etc.

It'd be nice to think it was done that way on purpose, even, but I can't quite buy that, cleverly put together as the whole thing is. Cracks show, like the general evenness of tone: all the different narrators sound very similar, the political slant is nearly all one way, etc. It remains obviously a book by a single author. Still, it's a fun central conceit, and though I began to get a bit bored of it by the end, it was an interesting take on a what-might-be.
kidsisyphus reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An allegory for unchecked capitalism (it's no mistake that the walking dead first appear in China). And is it just me, or did the whole zombie genre take off during eight years of Republican (mis)rule of the United States? Some grad student should research that...
karl6steel reviewed this
Rated 2/5
How do I account for, er, devouring this book so quickly? How can I talk about the fun I had in reading this without disavowing it? Can't. And, given the many enthusiastic reviews below, my praise here is unnecessary, and, given my embarrassment, never forthcoming.

Characterization: I'd say it's Straw Dogs meets Klein's Disaster Capitalism meets Syriana meets Patton meets It's a Small World (with a little bit of Night of the Living Dead mixed in).

It's a Small World. The Zombie war drives cultures back into what Brooks must think their 'essential' aspects: we have the Internet-obsessed, antisocial Japanese teenager who joins up in military training with a blind Shinto gardener; the French, desperate to regain their dignity after their post 1940 military humiliations; the royalty coming back into their spiritual role in the UK; the Russians now in thrall to the tsar; and the Americans the one culture where there seems to have been immigration and cultural mixing...

Likely the strangest thing about the book: although it's a world in which celebrities are almost never, for legal reasons, called by their first name (Herb and Jamal style, they're called, e.g., "that one political comedian"), it's otherwise a world very much like ours, EXCEPT one without the very Zombie culture that made this book possible. Thus they only accidentally learn to shoot the zombies in the head.
srboone reviewed this
Rated 2/5
A UN worker, preparing a Postwar Comission Report, is encouraged to report just the facts and statistics of The Zombie War; the "human factor" of the war can be saved for a book--which this is the result. It's presented as interviews with various survivors of the war: of all ethnicities and countries. WWZ is disjointed, contrived, and pretentious; it fails as both journalism and fiction. It fails as journalism because regardless of who is being interviewed (the Chinese doctor who discovered the infection, the fiery female Air Force Colonel who fought her way through enemy lines, or the Japanese survivor of Hiroshima), they all sound the same--like Max Brooks. It's failings as literature are legion. But the biggest problem with WWZ is that it doesn't have a central figure for the reader to identify with. The first 272 pages are interviews with different people about their expereinces. But, inexplicably, a character is given a second section of his own on page 273. The character is a grunt in the American Forces who had seen action from the first organized offensive in Yonkers to the final sweep ending on the East coast. He wasn't introduced until page 92 and then returned to 181 pages later! He also was given three more sections in the next 60 pages. His story, while somewhat compelling, is not the most interesting of the book and he has no business being made into central character. (Most interesting was the Hiroshima survivovor's tale of becoming the Gardener of the Gods.) The final chapter dealt with eleven of the unknown # of characters introduced and their final analyses of the war and how it affected them. While this was a good ending to the book, I had to go back and remind myself who half of these people were. I've been told this is the best the zombie subgenre has to offer. If so, I guess my days of reading zombie literture are numbered.
kirstiecat reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I had no idea when I was reading this that author Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft but it is quite interesting to me. This book is really very well written and intriguing, not just for a "zombie" book but for any book in general. It's written in the style of investigative journalism. Brooks did his research to cover pseudo documentation and use realistic imaginings and surmises on history to hypothesize of how each country would handle a zombie war. Of course, it's presented as if it already happened and the fires are still dying out. Let's be blunt about it-this is not a comedy, either. It's no Shaun of the Dead. You won't laugh once or if you do..well, you should see someone about that.

I think what I liked best about this book is the world view on how different countries and different militaries would handle the epidemic, how geography changes things but even more importantly how the human psyche with sometimes years of baggage against neighboring countries such as in the middle east would deal with this. I thought the book could have explored more on how France would have to deal with the zombies in the catacombs and that Brooks really should have gotten more into how Mexico would handle the psychological impact of zombies considering their widely celebrated Day of the Dead. There's a great deal more about South Africa, China, Japan, the USSR and America, though. There's also a great deal of twists on which countries make out better than others and how the upper classes become useless afterwards because they had always paid people to do things for them instead of learning themselves.

There's some great cultural stuff in here but also a sense of how different groups of society would handle the zombies from the religious fundamentalists to the "ferals" or kids who are left without parents-basically running orphans to the quislings who are so demented they are convinced they are zombies but are perfectly alive. The book talks a great deal about different strategies to have a few perish for the greater good and even gets to the more personal human element of survivor strategies and great stories of the human spirit demonstrating the kind of strength my generation has no idea about. My favorite survivor story was about an older blind Japanese man who has such an enhanced sense of smell that he can detect a zombie from a kilometer off and has fantastic aim because of that. Meanwhile, he always buries them after and always thanks them for the warning of their moans and scent so that he could protect himself.

So, I will admit I started reading this book now because, though it was lent to me by my friend Sei Jin so long ago, I was feeling very exhausted at work and thought this would be a nice break from some of the heavier reading I usually do. But, this was actually pretty heavy, intense, and quite well researched culturally and militarily and therefore thought provoking and engaging. It's worth reading, weather you love or hate zombies only for the fact that it gets to the heart of the matter which is who we are as people and how we'd each cope with such devastation. It focuses more on this than gore or gruesome zombie details. Oh also, it's really written in the context of nonfiction so I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't really need to stock up on all the canned goods I could find at my local Trader Joes.

This isn't my book so I didn't want to mark it up or dog ear the pages for quotes I liked but I remembered this one:

pg. 333 "Americans are the only people he's ever met who just can't accept that bad things can happen to good people."
princess0starr reviewed this
Rated 4/5
One of the problems I have with a lot of apocalyptic fiction as a whole is that the setting very rarely deals with the global consequences of said apocalypses. Depending on the target sub-genre, we may hear how other countries or societies are coping with the apocalypse at end, but in the end, our focus is on Our Hero as He Tries to Save Us All. (Screw you, Brad Pitt!)

This is not that kind of book. This is one of the very, very few examples of what happens when an apocalypse—and the oft-used zombies, to boot—is explored on a total global level, and what happens to nearly everyone else afterward. (And tangenting, Mira Grant does this too, but on a much smaller scale. So far. I’m not finished with her trilogy. Anyway.) I love that the zombie apocalypse starts in China, and predictably, misinformation and constant assurance from all global leaders is what dooms us all.

And the other reason I love this book is that the heroes are not the chiseled-jaw soldiers, but normal people. You have a person like Paul Redeker being hailed as hero and a bastard, and he’s really an emotionless bastard who has a mental breakdown after being hugged by Nelson Mandela. (Hell, I really love that Brooks doesn’t shy away from the racism and hatred from any of the people he highlights.) Also, the scariest moments for me are not UNEXPECTED ZOMBIE JUMP SCARE but the incredibly human moments that appear. For example, Jesika’s recounting of her first winter up in Canada never fails to make me shudder. And yet, the other side of the coin, the truly heroic moments, especially towards the end of the book. If there is anything I have to criticize, some of the satirical moments feel way too easy for Brooks to take a shot at, especially since they’re not much more than thinly-veiled references. (Yes, the “If you got it, flaunt it” sequence was chilling when the house was overrun, but still.)

That aside, however—this is one of my FAVORITE zombie novels and definitely on my forever must-read list. (And if you can, GET THE AUDIOBOOK. The acting is perfect and the suitably creepy parts come across really well. Better than a bunch of CGI climbing zombies.)
shannaredwind_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The writing style was not my favourite, but that's personal preference. The style does work well for this book. I would have rather followed one of the "interviewed" people through the whole story rather then so many different ones, but that would have been very limiting, and not allowed the whole story of the war to be told as well.

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