World War Z

World War Z Summary

#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

Book Reviews


One of my favorite historical novels5 star

Written like a historical review of past events, cataloged by interviews, this book’s storytelling and format is one of the most interesting and engaging I’ve ever read. Re-readable and exciting!55

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WWZ5 star

Best zombie apocalypse book ever written.55


Not for me1 star

Reading this felt like a chore. As soon as I was semi invested in a story it was over, and I was thrown into a different scenario. Felt confusing, tried finishing the book several times but after reading 3/4 I was just bored and gave up. Waste of money....just wasn’t my cup of tea.15


World War Z1 star

Difficult to read,very disjointed,extreme violence, and other world. Not a world I want to visit.15


Help1 star

I bought this book and it’s not downloading. Why is that?15


Best Zombie Book Ever5 star

I’ve read World War Z multiple times now. It’s hands down the best zombie book in my opinion. There’s plenty of amazing short stories in the book that you’ll remember and want to come back later to reread. I recommend every zombie fan to read this at some point.55


World War Z5 star

Whew! Bizarre but a great writer!55


Amazing book!4 star

Great book to read in digital copy. The night/black page/white type does not recognize chapter glyphs unfortunately.45


Blah1 star

I read...A LOT. This may be the most boring book I've come across in many, many months. The genre excitement was lost in the interview format.15


World War Z4 star

Good read, despite zombies45

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