12/06/2010 03:21 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unauthorized, But Not Untrue

The difference between authorized and unauthorized biographies is the difference between riding in carriage or squatting in steerage. The authorized biographers--the ones hand-picked to write the sanitized version of a subject's life--sit up front with the swells while the unauthorized biographer who writes without access or approval gets elbowed to the back of the bus. People forget that unauthorized does NOT mean untrue and authorized does not mean authentic. Quite the contrary.