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Editorial: Who needs the authorized story of Edwin Edwards?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

An authorized biography of Edwin Edwards, the imprisoned and disgraced former governor of Louisiana, is selling like hotcakes in bookstores around the state.

Well, it is the holiday season, and a copy would make a nice gift for any Edwards supporters who might be out there.

The book sold about 10,000 copies in its first three days on the shelves, a very impressive showing.

Considering that the book is “authorized” by Edwards, the rapid sales are even more impressive.

But who reads authorized biographies anyway?

We certainly wouldn’t want an authorized biography of Tiger Woods under our tree. We’d rather the real thing, the unauthorized goods.

If anyone is unfamiliar with the difference between the authorized book about a politician and an unauthorized book about a politician, here it is:?In the authorized version, the politician gets a look see at the book and makes any changes he wants. In the unauthorized version, the politician has to buy the book like everyone else to see what is printed in its pages.

The authorized version is sanitized by the book’s subject, or family if the subject is deceased.

What else can we say:?it is watered down reading, and not the real story.

We’ll be the first to welcome Edwards out of prison when his time is up, after he has served his conviction sentence, and wish him the best.

We’ll also say that he did many good things for Louisiana during his first two terms in office, and that during that period of time he was one of the better governors the state has had.

We’ll even be willing to let history decide just how much good – and bad – he did for Louisiana and its reputation around the nation during all his terms in office.

But, we are not going to embrace and read EWE’s authorized biography.

We’ll start being interested in him again when he steps back out in the free world, and begins the next path in his life.

Weekly Citizen (Gonzales, La.)