Max Brooks is an author, public speaker, and nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His bestselling books include Minecraft: The Island, The Zombie Survival Guide. and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. His graphic novels include The Extinction Parade, G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters.
In the wake of the great zombie war, Brooks's fictional alter ego travels around the world to ask tough questions of individuals and leaders about their experience and actions before, during and after the undead menace decimated the human population. Brooks remarkably identifies and articulates the nuances and unconsidered realities of what a zombie war would look like. This intriguing "oral history" stands apart from his previous zombie-related book, The Zombie Survival Guide, as Brooks uses the postwar culture here to provide political and social commentary on a wide range of real-life individuals and institutions. An all-star cast including Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, J?rgen Prochnow, Henry Rollins, John Turturro, Rob and Carl Reiner, and many others deliver their parts with such fervor and intensity that listeners cannot help but empathize with these characters. Max Brooks acts as the interviewer, providing an inquisitive but stagnant demeanor. The abridgment keeps the story tight but struggles with the interviewer's narration during interviews. When Brooks interrupts characters to indicate that the person rolled his eyes or appeared apprehensive, his comments are often moot because the performers are already portraying such body language with their tone. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 7). (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"An 'oral history' of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us--turn on your television if you don't believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we're winning. [His] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based
solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this
step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details
with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional
missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique,
creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back.
Brooks's account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after
the war is fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with 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 "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 "Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies. . . . 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' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view."
- Dallas Morning News "Brooks [is] America's most prominent maven on the living dead. . . . Chilling. . . . It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped."
- Hartford Courant "A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account. . . . Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery. . . . The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace."
"A horror fan's version of Studs Terkel's The Good War. . . . Like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology."
"Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible. . . . Far more affecting than anything involving zombies really has any right to be. . . . The book . . . opens in blood and guts, turns the world into an oversized version of hell, then ends with and affirmation of humanity's ability to survive the worst the world has to offer. It feels like the right book for the right times, and that's the eeriest detail of all."
- A.V. Club, The Onion
"The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy. . . . We haven't been this excited about a book without pictures since-well, since ever."
"Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel. . . . The perfect book for all us zombie junkies."
- Paste "This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended."
- Library Journal