World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 satirical survival manual, The Zombie Survival Guide, but is much more serious in its tone.
The novel is a collection of individual accounts, where the narrator is an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission ten years after the fictional Zombie War. Other passages record a decade-long desperate war against the zombie plague, as experienced by people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the social, political, religious and environmental changes that resulted from the war.
World War Z was inspired by The Good War, an oral history of World War II by Studs Terkel, and by the zombie films of George A. Romero. Brooks used World War Z to comment on government ineptitude and American isolationism, while also examining survivalism and uncertainty. The novel was a commercial hit and was praised by most critics.