It can be intimidating picking up a book of non-fiction. You’re lucky if you can find one with less than 600 pages. The sheer weight of these tomes is enough to put you off. Non-fiction books are thick. And there‘s a lot of dead wood in there.
The last 200 pages or so are filled with notes of sources. Is citing sources necessary? Why does what the writer say have to be verified? If it’s there on print I’ll take his word for it. He doesn’t need his expert pals to back him up. Because it is all back-scratching. From one book to the next all the usual suspects are roll-called in the source section.
I would hope that anything I write is taken at face value without the hard facts being questioned. Footnotes are like two left feet, they get in the way.