Blanche Wiesen Cook
Blanche Wiesen Cook
|Born||April 20, 1941|
New York City
|Occupation||Historian and professor|
|Eleanor Roosevelt, 3-volume biography|
Cook is the author of a three-volume biography about Eleanor Roosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884–1933 (published 1992); Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933–1938 (2000); and Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 (2016). Volume One was awarded the 1992 Biography prize from the Los Angeles Times.  A New York Times review of the third volume called the entire biography a "rich portrait" of the "monumental and inspirational life of Eleanor Roosevelt." NPR included the third volume in its "Best books of 2016." Notably, the biography details a disputed affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok. (This affair has itself been the subject of other books.)
Cook is also the author of The Declassified Eisenhower: A Divided Legacy of Peace and Political Warfare, which was listed as a "notable book" in 1981 by the New York Times.
She is a Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She is also a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
An oral history interview with Cook is included in the Living U.S. women's history oral history project, 1999-2005, in which 51 scholars of women's history were interviewed. These oral histories are housed in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History at Smith College.
Cook co-founded the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians, is a former vice president for research at the American Historical Association, and was chair of the Fund for Open Information and Accountability.
In 1988, Cook took part in The History and Consequences of Anticommunism conference where she argued that “every moment of our era has been touched and diminished by this crusade”.
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