World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
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The Zombie War came unthinkablyclose to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving theacid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years,traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimatedcities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote andinhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimeschildren who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of thatdreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a documentthat so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicablespirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Rangingfrom the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, wherethe epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamednorthern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in thecold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hopefor humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where theNorth American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects thefull scope and duration of the Zombie War.
Most of all, the book captures withhaunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often rawand vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the partof the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction,“By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachmentfrom history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end,isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now referto as ‘the living dead’?”
Note: Some of the numerical and factual material containedin this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United NationsPostwar Commission.
Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war
“I found‘Patient Zero’ behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . .. His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbedoff the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on hisother wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. Atfirst the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, thathe was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’sskin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.”—Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China
“‘Shock and Awe’?Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t,but biologically can’t! That’s what happened that day outside New York City, that’sthe failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn’t shockand awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shockand awe us! They’re not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill,they will never, ever be afraid!” —Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman andveteran of the Battle of Yonkers
“Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualizethat type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, wefaced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance.They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very endbecause, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devotedto consuming all life on Earth.” —General Travis D’Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander,Europe
From the Hardcover edition.
Specifications of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
|Binding||Mass Market Paperback|
|Publisher||Three Rivers Press|
|Number Of Pages||432|
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