The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks, Max Werner

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, World War ZThe Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now.

Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

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 up 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 safe, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400049622
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 90,879
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)

About the Author

MAX BROOKS, "the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism," is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

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Zombie Survival Guide 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 969 reviews.
MissAthena More than 1 year ago
I would like to personally thank Max Brooks for this magnificent guide. It helps provide you with weapons flaws and benefits. Ranging from close combat, all the way up to explosives. It helps you prepare your home incase an attack were to form in your location. It educates the reader for defensive, offensive, and fleeing strategic measures. Advice is given for the location of where to rebuild a society if the case would permit to that extent and steps to take for that process. As well as containing information about zombie survival, it contains recorded attacks. With well research, I myself was able to learn about some of these attacks, second hand, not through this book but other resources.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Max Brooks begins his Zombie Guide by answering the most important question: What are zombies? Brooks breaks down the 'fact' from fiction and thoroughly provides the reader with an in-depth explanation of Zombies their characteristics, emotions, (if any), and worldwide appearances are all described in detail. In a witty and humorous manner, Brooks examines how zombies are created, how they infect humans, and most importantly, how to kill them. He studies and explains the disease Solanum, which is only transferable via contact with a zombie. He cites research instances in which scientists attempted to provide analysis of the disease but have come up short. Brooks provides a life-saving guide, which is a necessity in any zombie related mayhem. He lists several rules to follow in the event of a zombie infestation, ranging from assembling survival groups to creating defense strongholds as well as determining the best type of protection, whether it is a vehicle, weapon or remote location. Brooks even analyzes all different types of protection available, from simple household tools to guns and the most famous zombie-killing weapon, the chainsaw. He also considers the effect zombies have on the human psyche. He determines that the fear they invoke and the constant, low-pitch drone they create is enough to drive people insane. Thus, Brooks provides solutions to keep sanity as well as various activities to alleviate boredom and pass time. Brooks also cites various instances in human history from 2000 BC Egypt onwards to modern day occurrences in Central America where documents, (formulated by Brooks, of course), prove and record zombie attacks and sightings. At the end of his guide Brooks even provides the reader with daily logs in order to keep records and prepare for impending doom. Brooks expects the reader to slowly prepare for the worst. He makes it seem as if zombies were real and completely immerses the reader into the situations provided. Brooks eventually poses the ultimate question: What if the world was plagued with a top tier zombie attack? Can humanity withstand such a crisis? In The Zombie Survival Guide Max Brooks creates an alternate reality in which zombies are real and pose an immense threat. The Zombie Survival Guide is a must-read and is quite the page-turner.
Sara58 More than 1 year ago
It is not a question if the zombie apocalypse will happen, it's when. As a firm believer in the event, author Max Brooks proves the seriousness of the threat through research and experience. From locations one should avoid to recorded attacks of actual breakouts, The Zombie Survival Guide is an excellent source for surviving the zombie apocalypse. The front cover grabs attention easily; the biggest word is "zombie" in black bold letters. The back has the top ten lessons for surviving a zombie attack, listed in red. The book begins with an introduction, stating the purpose of his guide: survival. He proves his credibility and lets the reader know the exact reasoning behind the book, which is great for those skeptical people out there. The book is separated into seven distinct chapters, which is perfect for quick reference points if you ever forget exactly what you need to do. The first chapter breaks down the myths and realities of zombies. He answers all those questions one might have thoroughly and purposefully. The second chapter covers weapons and combat techniques. He breaks every weapon into its own section in which he explains the efficiency or inefficiency of said weapon. The third chapter contains how to be on the defense: what places to hide if you do not properly prepare your home before the invasion occurs. The fourth chapter: on the run. What should you do if you end up in the desert? What type of transportation should you use? The fifth chapter teaches you what to do if you would EVER have to attack, which should be avoided at all costs. The sixth chapter shows how to live in an undead world, which is useful for everyone whether you believe in the apocalypse or not. The last chapter is what really proves his point: recorded attacks. Over 50 recorded so far! He makes all doubts disappear in 70 or so pages. All of this information helped me to prepare and will help me survive the zombie apocalypse. Obviously life is one's most important asset and protecting it should be your number one priority in everything you do. Max Brooks definitely helps you achieve this goal. If you do not believe in the apocalypse, this book may not be for you. However, if you are on the fence about whether it will happen or not happen, you may want to go to your nearest Barnes and Noble, grab it from the shelf, and rush to the counter to buy and study this terrific reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Information is very logical, and can entertain you the entire time you are reading. Front to back, a very interesting and logical collection of information not only about zombies but also about survival techniques and weaponry. OVERALL 5 STARS!
Felonious More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly what the title says it is, it's a Survival Guide. Reading this book is NOT like reading a novel, it doesn't tell a story, it tells you how to survive a zombie outbreak. The Zombie Survival Guide explains how to chose weapons, what tools you'll need, and what actions you need to take. Max Brooks does such a good job, that after reading the survival guide, I find myself being more prepared for the coming zombie outbreak than I am for any other possible "natural" disaster. Max explains everything (that's known) about the virus that turns people into zombies. The last part of the survival guide gives accounts and "proof" of previous outbreaks that have occurred thorough out human history. The "proof" is laid out chronologically and offers artifacts, stories, and eyewitness accounts (several with the disclaimer that government officials deny that any zombies were involved). The brilliance behind Max Brooks book The Zombie Survival Guide is that he did it the way all survival guides are done and he did it convincingly. The knowledge it contains is what will keep you alive and without it your chances of survival plummets. BE PREPARED!
JollyG More than 1 year ago
If you are into zombies and books then this book is completely for you. This was the first zombie book I read and now it has me gettin' all of the other ones. The whole book has all kinds of useful information... if the zombie apocalypse happens that is. It tells you how to survive in different environments, how to get prepared if you have time and if you don't, what equipment you need and many other things you could ever want to know. A must read for zombie fans.
TheQWERTY173 More than 1 year ago
I'm 15 and don't really like to read, but I really had a fun time reading this one. The way it was written makes me feel that I was really preparing for a zombie invasion! Great book, especially for people who don't like to read for pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, i find myself ready for the oncoming zombie apocalypse. It IS 2012 right?
DeeBoone More than 1 year ago
A must read for all you zombie devotees. If there is a thin line between satire and realism, you will find it here. It is not a question of if the zombies will attack but when. Riotous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write what you would take with you in a zombie apoc example: a close combat tacticle knife, my friends and family, etc. Post your name too and then post to icypenguin to be accepted into my survival group. See you later!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping this would be funny. Maybe other people think it's funny, but the humor is just so dry and deadpan that I never laughed. I really hoped that I would. It just wasn't the funny book that I hoped for. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its great but cost to much
MeganAshley More than 1 year ago
The more I kept thinking he couldn't possibly have more information or advice, it just kept coming. This book is so detailed, and I learned so much. If you're into zombies or just want to know how to protect yourself, you MUST read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think this book is worth the money that it cost. If it were cheaper I might recomend it. I am a huge "Zombie Fan" so, it was hard for me to write this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The combo of this book and world war z if u get the sample you get the entire first book free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book if you are a true believer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the people who want to give it one star because it couldn't happen and want to call people nutcases for liking it; it's a fiction book. It was written to go along with World WAR Z, giving help on how to survive that fictional world. That might be hard for some to comprehend, but trust me no sane person thinks there is going to be a real zombie outbreak and that this book will help then survive. It's just fun to read and think about. Which is why you read books, so maybe you should just just stick with magazines or tv.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend let me borrow this book. Great book. I loved this book. Because who knows maybe there might be a zombie outbreak but that is coming from a 10 year olds point of view. Those who read this will pretty prepared. But you would need more than your axe. You will need a gun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!This is EPIC!I thought I knw zombies, but CLEARLY I didn't!I recomend this book to all zombie fans. It has SO much that I did't know about zed AKA zack, AKA zombies!!!
ZombieFan1 More than 1 year ago
I love it so much. It is an essential for any zombie fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its what everyone needs to survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for any zombie fan and the perfect companion to brooks own "world war z" get iit now before the shambling hordes come for YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was awsome
theroastbeefmanifesto More than 1 year ago
This book has honestly changed the way I think about zombies. I'm pretty sure it's what restarted the zombie craze. Everyone should read it, if only to just see what survivalism ideology is like - there are principles I'm here that could be applied in any survival situation. Things you'd never think of! But, the ebook version has a few hic-ups that I noticed weren't I'm my print version. The publisher should fix that. I recommend this book, WWZ, and the Illustrated Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Accounts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look good