"Queen of Muckrakers"

“To be a muckraker means you’ll fight on using any means at your disposal.”
Jessica Mitford


Time magazine, which in 1970 dubbed Decca "Queen of the Muckrakers," has included her book The American Way of Death on its list of "All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books." This list of books is a mish-mash of some wonderful titles, some dreadful ones and others very much in-between. Virginia Woolf made the list, so did George Orwell, and so did William Buckley Jr (who once called Decca a "crypto-communist.")

Take a look yourself and let me know what you think. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2088856,00.html


Meanwhile, here's Decca on the subject of "Muckraking."

Asked by an interviewer, whether ‘Queen of Muckrakers’was a title Decca embraced, she replied that the title gave her misgivings, but “If they're going to mention me at all I’m glad it's as a Queen.”

When asked whether a muckraker could ever be objective, Decca replied, “I really don’t understand what objectivity means. “I’m not terribly in favor of balance. (I may be unbalanced myself.) I believe in being fair and never distorting the facts...It’s difficult but one must be exact.”

"One muckrakes because it's fun!"


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