In an age of instant answers and 24-hour news cycles, the yearbook may seem like an arcane resource. But for those concerned with ZOMBIE preparedness, they can in fact be invaluable. Designed to compile an entire year’s worth of activities of an interest area or organization, yearbooks are a great way to analyze trends across a number of years. The resources listed here provide the ZOMBIE preparedness expert with the chance to examine geopolitical shifts, improvements in science and technology, weapons development, and ZOMBIE theory. Readers should always consider the fact that these resources are focused on the past, and that they may not address the most current developments, even if they are online. As a result, your best bet to is use these resources prior to the ZOMBIE apocalypse.
Updated on a regular basis by the US Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”), this website is the online version of the book of the same name, which has been compiled in various forms since 1943. This free, publicly available website provides information on 267 national entities. For each entry, the CIA compiles valuable information on the populace, economy, transportation infrastructure, health care systems, military resources and conflicts, and government. This resource can provide vital in ZOMBIE preparedness, as you plan out possible escape routes to countries whose resources best suit your needs.
Published in print since 1864, this yearbook provides in-depth analysis of political events in individual countries. Long considered an essential resource for those involved in foreign affairs, the website version provides extensive research on each country as well as editorial articles on recent developments. One fascinating tool the website provides is the ability to select and compare countries on the basis of categories such as defense or natural resources. Unlike the CIA World Factbook, The Statesman’s Yearbook is subscription based, making it difficult to use without having access to a library. However, its editorial content and the ability to compare countries does make it essential reading for ZOMBIE preparedness.
While other yearbooks are published shortly after the end of their subject year, this free resource published by the United Nations is released several years after the fact. For example, the most recent Yearbook of the United Nations covers the year 2008. As a result, this is most useful as a historical resource, providing the benefit of perspective on the actions taken by the United Nations, and reports published by the organization. One of the unique features of the website is that it includes access to every past Yearbook, dating back to 1946. ZOMBIE researchers are thus able to trace the evolution of the UN’s concern about the impending zombie apocalypse over the course of more than half a century.
McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology (LOC call number: Q121.M312)
Published yearly, this volume provides an update on developments across fields of science and technology in the preceding year. Given the rapid pace of development and the often technical language of technical journals, this is an excellent resource for the layperson to stay abreast of the very latest in science. Covers many fields relevant to ZOMBIE preparedness, including genetics, microbiology, neuroscience and zoology. Much of the information in the book is compiled into the Access Science database (subscription required). It’s worth noting that the 2012 edition of the Yearbook consisted of more than 450 pages, which would make it a useful hand-to-hand weapon in a pinch. Naturally, however, carrying a 450-page book around has its own shortcomings.
Best New Zombie Tales (ISBN 098656642X)- James Daley, ed.
Technically, this semi-annually published series of books is fictional. However, within every fictional story lies a kernel of truth. The editor gathered top writers in the field who then put their BRAINS together to find new approaches to the traditional zombie story. And much like science fiction, these new stories may prove to be the vanguard of ZOMBIE theory going forward. When preparing for the ZOMBIE apocalypse, a little entertainment mixed with some cold, hard truths can provide a break from the seriousness of the task. Preppers should take these books with a grain of salt, but consider the possibility that the authors might just be on to something.
Zombie High Yearbook ’64 (ISBN 9781402784712)- Jeff Busch
Done in the form of a high school yearbook, this is a “light-hearted” “fictional” look at ZOMBIE teenager’s lives in the 1960’s. For the prepper, however, this book offers an opportunity to observe the evolution and aging process of ZOMBIES. The scribbles of the undead can be educational in their own way, even if the authors claim them to be fictional.