Odds Against Tomorrow Book Review

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Odds Against Tomorrow Argumentative Review In the novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, Nathaniel Rich presents social commentary on climate change through the perspectives of two main characters. Mitchell Zukor, one of the leading characters who work best with mathematical numbers and forecast disaster, is later hired by a financial consulting company called FutureWorld. Mitchell also represents individuals who are too anxious about climate change. On the other hand, Elsa Burner represents people who are going through life without fearing the future as she suffers from Brugada, a rare genetic disease that can cause sudden cardiac death. Through the novel, Nathaniel Rich provides the theme of ignorance, a social hierarchy that is revealed through…show more content…
The Odds Against Tomorrow’s argument is that most minority populations don’t have the means to save themselves from the water level rising, but the rich people with resources were able to withstand the flood. This connects to the article we read, Doomsday Prep For The Super-Rich by Evan Osnos that “wealthy survivalist swap tips on gas masks, bunkers, and locations safe from the effects of climate change”(Osnos 2017, 3). This evidence demonstrates that rich people have financial hacking and backup plans just in case they have to evacuate during an earthquake or any other natural disaster. Furthermore, Doomsday Preppers joke that FEMA stands for Foolishly Expecting Meaningful Aid which explains how people’s attitude is different towards FEMA based on the social class that they follow. As Preppers have the resources that they need for future they don’t feel the need to depend on FEMA similar to the book where much upper class doesn’t want to rely on FEMA, they depend on FutureWorld companies. The book also connects to the articles that we read about Cold War. In the book, Mitchell and FutureWorld play on their client's fears to make more money, and attitude of exploiting to make a profit. It relates to Cold War articles because Cold War trend fears, so in preparation, it leads to military spending. The
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