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.