The author uses good, basic syntax a majority of the time but he ocassionally has sentences like, "What begins as a high-end product
- a laptop computer, a DVD player - gradually goes mass market as prices fall and production rises." He uses the dash marks to signify it as an example of what the first part of the sentence is describing. This form of syntax is used to organize the authors writing.
The general syntax of the book is pretty simple. The author may throw in a few sentences that are somewhat lengthy and/or complex to stress a point. He may use certain punctuation such as commas or semicolons to iterate a pause or to tell the reader that something important is coming next. He also uses this punctuation to start lists of items or aspects of something.
The author utilizes a more simple syntax. Most of the sentences used in the book are simple such as,"Martinelli refuses to feel sorry for himself." This is a very simple sentence, that shows the simple syntax of the book. Some parts, such as those that show statistics, are more complex. But, overall the syntax is simple. The author also uses colons for instance,"Through it all, one thing was constant:a factory job that was his ticket to the middle class." This is apart of the author's syntax.
The sentence structure overall is very simple and easy to comprehend, and I personally liked it because brief, concise sentences don't tire the eyes and it keeps the reader focused. For example: "One of the biggest decisions Andy Belvins made, and one of the few he now regrets, never seemed like much of a decision at all. It just fell like the natural thing to do. (Ch. 6, pg 87) ".
Throughout what I have read so far, the author's syntax is very simple, unless he has to explain the interviewee's quote due to them having an interesting use of words due to a language barrier or a southern charm.
The author uses many complex sentences in sometimes a declarative and sometimes exclamatory way. Periodic sentences are used for almost every sentence, making the book easily understandable and this helps to get the point across I think.
The syntax is very journalistic and also flows like narration because of the multiple anecdotes in the book. The syntax is also very declarative. It feeds you easy to follow information without any hypothetical questions.
Students in Mrs. Theaker's class reading The New York Times' contributors Class Matters will discuss here.