The author of the book, “The Boys in The Boats”, Daniel James Brown, uses extensive detail talking about things like Joe’s rough childhood, the different backgrounds of the other oarsmen, and the play by play of the races. These details play important roles in the book like how they all come from different backgrounds but have to work together to row the boat faster than the others.
The author talks about Joe’s rough childhood because it’s what made joe who he was. When Joe was ten years old he was kicked out of his house for yelling at his younger brother, “He went back upstairs and told his son he would have to move out of the house.” This painted the picture in Joe’s head that the only person he could rely on was himself. This is why joe had a hard time rowing together with the other oarsmen, he thought that only he could win the race because he was raised having to depend on himself his whole life. However, Joe was sent to live in a schoolhouse but he had to chop enough wood to keep the large fireplace going in exchange for food and a place to sleep. All this work made Joe stronger and able to row really hard. Joe then learned that depending on others was important in life when he talked to the shell maker, Pocock. Pocock said, “The ability to yield, to bend, to give way, to accommodate, he said, was sometimes a source of strength in men as well as in wood, so long as it was helmed by inner resolve and by principle.” The author included that conversation Joe had with Pocock to tell the reader how Joe learned to rely on other people and work together with the other oarsmen to achieve their goal. This also helped Joe to rely on other people other than himself in life. The author also tells the background of the other oarsmen, how some are richer than others, and how they come from all different lifestyles and had different attitudes on life but they all worked together in harmony to row faster than the other oarsmen on the water.