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A fictional survival guide for any potential zombie invasion, written by author Max Brooks

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Not suitable for reading while eating

  • Feb 26, 2009
Letter-perfect satire never winks, never nudges, never budges from its mission: document the physiology of zombies, weapons and techniques for stopping zombies for good, provide strategic considerations for defense-or-flight decisions, suggest how one might survive in a zombie-conquered world, and finally to list every documented historical appearance of zombies. As I read, I had the disturbing notion that Dwight Schrute, the beet-farm survivalist and paper salesman from "The Office" TV show, has his copy of the book highlighted with extensive marginal notes improving or commenting on Brooks' suggestions and noting his own preparedness for the coming Class 4 zombie attack.

Brooks certainly owes a great debt to George Romero, zombie movies, voodoo zombie legends, post-apocalyptic novels and movies, and video games, even though these are never referenced, as this would be a wink toward the zombie genre as pure entertainment and not accepted historical fact. But as I thought about how one would start on something like this level of detailed documentation about something that doesn't exist, I realized that Brooks must have started with a pile of these media in the middle of his office, and maybe a fridge full of beer or other stimulants to imagination and a circle of similarly-stimulated friends to brainstorm ideas and generate a world as real as the flesh-and-blood one we occupy. In fact, one thing that would improve this book would be footnotes to the source of the ideas in the book, even though that would detract from the fantastically consistent verisimilitude and reveal the wires behind the curtain.

As a footnote, I enjoy nothing more than a few minutes quiet reading while I eat meals at home. This book is not suitable for reading while eating.

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review by . July 13, 2010
I have always been a huge fan of monsters and all themes Horror related.  It is because of this that my jaw dropped the first time I ran across "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks. Needless to say I purchased this book the moment I laid eyes on it. Max Brooks is a scary man just for the fact that he must spend all day thinking about Zombies.  After reading this book I am certain that he is the leading expert for the entire world in all zombie related material.    …
review by . October 05, 2010
Pros: Excellent, well thought out guide      Cons: wish that it had color pictures.      The Bottom Line: This is an excellent reference for those of you that wish to be prepared against a zombie attack, very thorough.      If nothing else, I am truly know for the unique, random junk that I find both on the internet and in my wanderings in life. I am always looking for products that are quite a bit different than the norm and those are …
review by . May 12, 2009
Max Brooks has been to the "Zombie" fan's world what Tolkien may be considered to the fantasy-lover's; his two works, 2003's "The Zombie Survival Guide" and 2006's "World War Z" have both been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.  In "The Zombie Survival Guide", Brooks uses what must be considered astute knowledge of the Zombie-Horror film genre to create a step-by-step preparation manual for any type of zombie apocalypse. Within are included tips on what supplies to gather, …
review by . August 02, 2008
Should zombies ever rise, I know I will now be prepared! Anyone with any question of that would do good to purchase this book. It really has everything you could think of in case of a zombie uprising; shelter, food, weapons, transportation. Even though this is fictional, it reads like an actual how-to, making it that much more interesting. I'd highly recommend World War Z, too.
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The Zombie Survival Guide, published in 2003, is a tongue-in-cheek survival manual dealing with the potentiality of a zombie attack. Its author, Max Brooks, lays out detailed plans for the average citizen to survive zombie uprisings of varying intensity and reach.


  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don't need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get op the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  9. No place is sage, only safer.
  10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don't be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset - life.  This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it.  The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead.  It is a book that can save your life."

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ISBN-10: 1400049628 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781400049622 (pbk.)
Genre: Humor
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date Published: September 16, 2003
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