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

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And what exactly was your plan for a zombie attack?

  • Oct 5, 2010
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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 what I typically select as gifts for friends and family or in the case of the book The Zombie Survival Guide, it is something that I have added to my own personal library. I figure, if there ever is an instance where zombies do indeed attack, I am going to need a full reference guide to survival if I want to be one of the few that live through it.

This book is all about survival. I think we all realize that a zombie attack is for the most part going to happen. We aren't really sure when the zombies are going to come, but we know it is going to happen. So it is for that reason we truly need to be a little bit more proactive and ensure that we have the proper protection against aforementioned attacks. This is why it is imperative that we have The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. In fact, I am surprised the governments of the world haven't mandated the purchase of such an important reference guide.

Essentially, the book is a very literal look at what should be done if you were to experience an invasion by zombies. The writer talks as if this is something that is very plausible and likely to happen and talks about it in a manner much like we would talk about preparing for an earthquake or something along those lines.

The author goes through a variety of different scenarios that talk about how to avoid zombies, the best way to dispatch them if they were to attack you and you needed to rid yourself of them, and of course how to run from them. The author also talks about how to create different weapons, armor, and essentially all of the tools that you are going to need to create on the fly in order to protect and defend yourself from these zombies when they do attack.

One thing that I do love about the book however, is that the author not only talks about the variety of methods seriously, but he is adament about ensuring that you follow the law in regards to the creation and use of all of your weapons stating that it is important to follow the law, even during a zombie attack.

The book even includes a listing of recorded zombie attacks for your own personal reference. Not sure what his resource is for these attacks, but by the looks of it, we are well overdue for a zombie attack and I really don't think that the majority of the population is aptly prepared for it.

I think this book is an excellent read. It is hilarious some of the different concepts that the author has come up with for taking care of the zombie problem and it is definitely quite thorough. It really makes you wonder about the mindset of someone that sits around wondering about what you would do in a real situation where zombies did rise and attack people. But I can definitely say that he didn't miss anything in the process.


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review by . February 26, 2009
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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 . 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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