“By the time his arrival was reported, Lindbergh was the world’s hero, and nobody was interested in an Italian who reached his destination at the end of a tow rope.”
Like this example, the Italian guy has a name and did much more than just what was stated. What is this type of tone called? (generalizing the facts + understating the situation) Is there a name for this type of writing? Throughout the book (One Summer: America 1927) this strategy of intensified understatement is used multiple times, but I can't find the word for this kind of tone. It purposefully downplays the exciting scenario while intentionally stripping detail to amplify the contrast, which ends up not being 100% accurate, but funny nonetheless.
Thank you for your help in advance.