Another new host this month with what, to me, is a really interesting topic. Marilyn from Me, you, and books asks:
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When is an author’s subjective response to a subject not a bias but a legitimate perspective? What non-fiction have you read where an author’s feelings enhance your understanding?
No one who enjoys non-fiction respects books that are so wedded to an ideology or bias that they deny established facts which challenge the author’s position. We reject those who tell us, “I’ve made my mind up. Don’t confuse me with facts.” Such an attitude limits rather than expands the treatment of a subject. But sometimes an author’s involvement in a situation or subject can enhance his or her ability to understand and describe it. Curiosity and concern can drive an author to learn all that can be known about something. Actually facing a problem can provide an inside view not seen by a researcher or journalist who maintains an “objective” distance.
Have you read any non-fiction where the author’s subjectivity strengthens the story told rather than weakens it? Any ideas about how the author achieves this?