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Author Of Joe Paterno Biography Says Family Didn't Try To Interfere

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The author of Joe Paterno's biography has said that the Paterno family has in no way tried to influence or change the book.

The writer, Joe Posnanski, said that the Paternos wanted their story told and they trusted him to be objective.

He said:

"The one thing they were so good about, they never, from Joe all the way down, they never tried to influence the book. They never said, 'Hey, leave this out or don't put this in.' Or this might be misconstrued or whatever. They were, every one of them, said tell the truth the best you see it. [Paterno's children] believed that if the truth came out that people would see their father for what he was. So I reached for that."

Posnanski started following Paterno and writing about him well before the Sandusky scandal broke.

Those must have been hectic times. It would make for an exciting read, but he was so close to the family already, it must've been tough.

Posnanski said:

"Pretty quickly after the scandal blew up, I realized that this was not just one chapter in his life but this was sort of the all-consuming chapter of his life."

So he's trying to show the reader a real inside look at the real Joe Paterno, not just the one who's been vilified in the media.

The book, Paterno, came out Tuesday.

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