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Drew Pearson (1897-1969) is a secondary character in two books I read recently: Newspaper Titan (the biography of Cissy Patterson, Drew Pearson¿s one-time mother-in-law) and Poisoning the Press (about Jack Anderson, Drew Pearson¿s successor as writer of a liberal political column, Washington Merry-go-Round). When I was able to locate a copy of this book, the only biography written about Pearson, I thought it might make for an interesting read. It was.Pearson was more than a newspaper columnist ¿ he was an adviser to presidents and Cabinet members, a muckraker who had terrific confidential sources upon whose information he relied. He was loved and hated (often by the same person). He never retired from his writing his column and died with his boots on. His most compelling quotation was something he said to a friend: ¿I can¿t retire because I have no inner resources.¿ Drew Pearson: An Unauthorized Biography suffered from one fatal flaw: lack of sourcing. There¿s nary a footnote to be found. Not even a bibliography. It¿s tough to judge the author¿s credibility without knowing where he got his information. It¿s unfortunate that no serious historian/biographer has taken on the task of writing about Drew Pearson¿s life and times. He¿s a fascinating subject, and deserves a real biography. Until that happens, I hope to find a copy of Pearson¿s Diaries, 1949-1959.