World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Chairperson Character Analysis

The chairperson of the United Nation’s Postwar Commission Report. She believes that the report should be objective and fact-based rather than based on “the human factor.” When the narrator protests, she tells him to write a book using the interviews and to write it in the way that he would like.

Chairperson Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by Chairperson or refer to Chairperson. 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.
Introduction Quotes

The official report was a collection of cold, hard data, an objective “after-action report” that would allow future generations to study the events of that apocalyptic decade without being influenced by “the human factor.” But isn't the human factor what connects us so deeply to our past? Will future generations care as much for chronologies and casualty statistics as they would for the personal accounts of individuals not so different from themselves? By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from a history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as “the living dead”?

Related Symbols: Zombies
Page Number: 1
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Chairperson Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Chairperson appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...greatest conflict in human history,” was written because of a disagreement he had with the chairperson of the United Nation’s Postwar Commission Report. The narrator had worked diligently on his report... (full context)
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...from the events being described and might even repeat the mistakes of the past. The chairperson told him that if he felt so strongly about it, he should write a book... (full context)