"World War Z" Reaches 1 Million Copy Milestone

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Max Brooks' blockbuster novel WORLD WAR Z, the definitive chronicle of "The Zombie Wars," crosses 1 million copy sold threshold

NEW YORK, November 10, 2011 -- Max Brooks' novel, WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, published by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, has now sold more than 1 million copies in print and digital formats combined. The milestone was announced today by Tina Pohlman, VP, Publisher, Trade Paperbacks, Crown Publishing Group.

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Paramount Pictures will be releasing the film WORLD WAR Z starring Brad Pitt on December 21, 2012.

Originally published in hardcover in September 2006, WORLD WAR Z has appeared on the hardcover, paperback and mass market New York Times bestseller lists for a combined total of 62 weeks. Brooks’ previous title, THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE, a pop culture classic originally published in 2003, has now sold almost 1.4 million copies.

Brooks, a former writer for Saturday Night Live, said about his bestselling novel: "With this book, I wanted to answer some of the questions I'd already had about a global zombie pandemic; How would our government react? How would other countries’ governments react? And what would ordinary citizens around the world do to survive? For me, zombies are a great way to explore how we, as an entire planet, respond to the threat of extinction."

Ms. Pohlman added, "We are thrilled to celebrate this million-copy milestone with Max Brooks. His extraordinarily imaginative and exhaustively researched oral history of "The Zombie War" immediately established itself not only as an utterly original new addition to zombie literature but as an exciting new work of mainstream fiction. Its enduring popularity is remarkable, a testament not only to its literary quality but to Max’s tireless dedication to his legions of fans."

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