Matt Simon – Plight of the Living Dead


A brain-bending exploration of real-life zombies and mind controllers and what they reveal to us about nature – and ourselves.

Zombieism isnt just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. Its real, and its happening in the world around us, from wasps and worms to dogs and moose – and even humans.

In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents his journey through the bizarre evolutionary history of mind control. Along the way, he visits a lab where scientists infect ants with zombifying fungi, joins the search for kamikaze crickets in the hills of New Mexico, and travels to Israel to meet the wasp that stings cockroaches in the brain before leading them to their doom.

Nothing Hollywood dreams up can match the brilliant, horrific zombies that natural selection has produced time and time again. Plight of the Living Dead is a surreal dive into a world that would be totally unbelievable if very smart scientists didnt happen to be proving its real, and most troublingly – or maybe intriguingly – of all: how even we humans are affected.

Author: Matt Simon
Narrator: Holter Graham
Duration: 6 hours 26 minutes
Released: 18 Feb 2010
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Zombies are real and this book is full of them. No joke, we’re talking the takeover of the brain by creatures of another species. It also completely negates the idea of free will. So, don’t blame me when you can’t sleep after reading this. I love science. This is a brilliant science text. Entertaining, terrifying and genuinely compelling. If they taught science like this in school, nobody would become an artist. Yes, buy this. Then buy it again and give it to a friend, whom you wish sleepless nights on.