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Summary of ContentsEdit
The book is divided into five main sections:
- Disinformation and Misconceptions
- Conditioning and Preparation
- Weapon Selection
- Combat Strategies and Techniques
Additionally, throughout the text are short vignettes called "Combat Reports", which are interviews with individuals who have confronted the living dead in combat.
Differences from the Zombie Survival GuideEdit
The most fundamental difference between Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide and Roger Ma's Zombie Combat Manual is that while Brooks' work is a parody of survival texts and guides, Ma's work is a satire of self-defense manuals, specifically those addressing hand-to-hand combat from the World War II era. In the book's acknowledgements, Ma references William Ewart Fairbairn, Eric Anthony Sykes, and Rex Applegate, three individuals who wrote several World War II-era unarmed combat books, specifically Get Tough!, Hands Off!, and Kill or Get Killed.