World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Bob Archer Character Analysis

Archer is the post-war director of the CIA, and tells the narrator that the administration that was in charge during the early days of the outbreak used the CIA to further their politics but didn’t want to hear about anything that might weaken their position in the public eye. The CIA became a weak and ineffective organization under them. When Archer tried to bring up the issue of the zombies with his boss, he was transferred to Buenos Aires as a punishment. Archer’s account shows that the administration behaved irresponsibly, which worsened the zombie crisis in the nation.
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Bob Archer Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Bob Archer appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Blame
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Langley, Virginia, USA. The narrator meets with Bob Archer, director of the CIA. Archer says that before the war, most people thought that the... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
Archer says that one reason for the CIA’s inefficacy were the “reforms” pushed on the agency... (full context)
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
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The narrator asks Archer if he’d heard of the Warmbrunn-Knight report, and Archer says he knows of it now,... (full context)