World War Z

World War Z

by

Max Brooks

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Arthur Sinclair Character Analysis

Sinclair was director of the newly formed American governmental agency called the Department of Strategic Resources, or DeStRes. His job was to fix the problems of “starvation, disease, [and] homelessness” in the safe zone in the Rockies. Sinclair is very smart and adapts his ideas excellently to the new and strange problems that the country faces. He comes up with programs to train people in useful skills and to recycle unusable amenities—like cars—into tools and weapons.

Arthur Sinclair Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by Arthur Sinclair or refer to Arthur Sinclair. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 5: Home Front USA Quotes

Yes, there was racism, but there was also classism. You’re a high-powered corporate attorney. You’ve spent most of your life reviewing contracts, brokering deals, talking on the phone. That’s what you’re good at, that’s what made you rich and what allowed you to hire a plumber to fix your toilet, which allowed you to keep talking on the phone. The more work you do, the more money you make, the more peons you hire to free you up to make more money. That’s the way the world works. But one day it doesn’t. No one needs a contract reviewed or a deal brokered. What it does need is toilets fixed. And suddenly that peon is your teacher, maybe even your boss. For some, this was scarier than the living dead.

Related Characters: Arthur Sinclair (speaker)
Related Symbols: Zombies
Page Number: 140
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Arthur Sinclair Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Arthur Sinclair appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Home Front USA
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
The Cost of War Theme Icon
Taos, New Mexico. The narrator is speaking to Arthur Sinclair, Junior, who was director of the U.S. government’s Department of Strategic Resources or DeStRes. Sinclair... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Sinclair admits that their pool of talent was very low as most of the refugees had... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
One of the biggest challenges Sinclair faced was trying “to change the way people thought”—racism and classism were ingrained into America’s... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Sinclair says they began recycling and reusing their old goods, and took apart cars for parts... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Sinclair says he was willing to fight the military for the DeStRes, but was glad he... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Eliopolis’ team sometimes dropped food and medicine, but Sinclair asked them to prioritize delivery of tools and spare parts that would help these little... (full context)
Chapter 8: Good-Byes
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The Cost of War Theme Icon
Taos, New Mexico, USA. Arthur Sinclair says he loves his job of being a “money cop” or SEC chairman. He suspects... (full context)