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26. World War Z

26. World War Z

Max Brooks braved great personal peril to bring us Word War Z which is a first hand account of the now infamous Zombie War. Max traveled the country and interviewed dozens of people who had lived through that terrible tragedy.

Very few pieces of journalism available today so accurately describe what it must have been like to be hunted to the brink of extinction by such a terrible adversary.

Take this chilling quote for example,

“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 rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was ‘cursed.’ I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.” —Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China

The only way to avoid repeating history is to take the time to understand it. Word War Z provides the kind of deeply personal reflection on the realities of Zombie Apocalypse that potential survivors will need to make it through future outbreaks. I would just like to thank Random House for having the foresight to publish this deeply moving piece of our collective history.

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