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World War Z

World War Z


by Max Brooks

Warfare Quotes in World War Z

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Quote #1

I though I was ready for anything. [He looks out at the valley, his eyes unfocused.] Who in his right mind could have been ready for this?

MacDonald's skirmish with the undead makes him the first military victim of World War Z. No, he didn't die, but posttraumatic stress disorder and the distrust of his own country provides its own kind of victimhood. While not as permanent as death, it's still an awful thing.

Quote #2

Well, after almost allowing the Arabs to finish what Hitler started, we realized that not only was that mirror image necessary, but it must forever be our national policy. From 1973 onward, if nine intelligence analysts came to the same conclusion, it was the duty of the tenth to disagree. No matter how unlikely or far-fetched a possibility might be, one must always dig deeper. (2.6.8)

Warfare certainly produces an awful history of suffering. But for Israel, the silver lining—the really thin silver lining—is that it can prepare you for some pretty awful times to come.

Quote #3

[The PRC] realized that the best way to mask what they were doing was to hide it in plain sight. Instead of lying about the sweeps themselves, they just lied about what they were sweeping for. (3.1.8)

"All war is deception," said Sun Tzu. "People might think you're crazy if you tell them you're hunting zombies," said Shmoop Tzu.

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