The style of A Hope in the Unseen is clearly journalistic in tone and intent. The book is written with an emphasis on objectivity, voicing the opinions of many character but also making sure to balance it with relevant counter-arguments. That balance isn't always provided immediately, often arising organically from the perspective of another character with a different background. Another obvious journalistic approach in the book is the way that individual situations or events are often placed in a larger context in order to show the importance to American society as a whole. Statistics and historical background are occasionally brought up in the course of the book, such as the success rates measured for Ballou, or the fact that African Americans made up a very small percentage of college students during the 1960s.

Such grounding in context helps to establish a sense of relevance for readers, since journalism must always answer the............

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