Unbroken Vs. Warriors Don't Cry

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Madeline Manning Mr. Russell AP Language 26 August 2011 Unbroken vs. Warrior’s Don’t Cry It is human nature to only listen to people who are worth listening to; to people who know what they’re talking about. The same goes for when we read. The books Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, are both incredible books and worthwhile. From page one of both books you are hooked. With the use of documents, interviews, etc., Hillenbrand and Beals are repeatedly validating their ethos. Also, both authors keep you on your toes through the diction and relentless usage of adjectives in their writing. Since Laura Hillenbrand had to work from a third person point of view, it took her seven years to write the book Unbroken. Her hard work and hours spent researching really show. There are 50 pages of notes that show while researching, Hillenbrand didn’t just stop with documents and recordings from that time; she also took interviews from several different people, newspapers, and televised documentaries, giving Unbroken a storyteller feeling. Even the smallest details have several references proving that Hillenbrand strived to get the story exact. For example, "they bowed their heads together as Louie prayed. If God would quench their thirsts, he vowed, he'd dedicated his life to him" (Hillenbrand 152). Even though this was just a small detail in the midst of chapter 14, Hillenbrand supports it in the notes by citing two different sources. "Louise, Zamperini, telephone interview; Louise Zamperini, interview by George Hodak, Hollywood, Calif., June 1988, AAFLA" (Hillenbrand 427). Hillenbrand’s thorough research is her ethos, or her credibility for writing this book. Also, Because Hillenbrand did not experience this story first hand; the anecdotes, photographs, and statistics she adds in play a big role in making the story more credible and

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