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World War Z: Introduction
World War Z: Plot Summary
World War Z: Detailed Summary & Analysis
World War Z: Themes
World War Z: Quotes
World War Z: Characters
World War Z: Symbols
World War Z: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Max Brooks
Historical Context of World War Z
Other Books Related to World War Z
- Full Title: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
- Where Written: USA
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary Fiction
- Genre: Apocalyptic Horror Fiction
- Setting: Various places in the world where the narrator travels to interview people associated with the global zombie war.
- Climax: Battle of Hope, New Mexico
- Antagonist: Zombies
- Point of View: The novel is presented as an “oral history” consisting of a collection of transcribed first-person interviews.
Extra Credit for World War Z
Meticulous Research. For this novel, Brooks’ research on disaster preparedness was so thorough that World War Z was featured on a reading list put together by a former president of the U.S. Naval War College, and also earned Brooks a fellowship at West Point’s Modern War Institute.
Truly Presidential. Brooks drops hints that the much-admired US President in the novel is Colin Powell—like the president in the novel, Powell is of Jamaican descent and is renowned for his calm manner of speaking. The US Vice-President, “the Whacko,” is probably Howard Dean, who is also from Vermont and is infamous for his yell.