Blanche Wiesen Cook

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Blanche Wiesen Cook
Born April 20, 1941

Blanche Wiesen Cook (born April 20, 1941 in New York City)

Personal life

Cook is openly gay.[1] Cook's biography is controversial because of her claims that Roosevelt had a lesbian affair with reporter Lorena Hickok.[2]


She was a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of New York.

In 1989, Cook became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press.[3]


She is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884–1933. Cook is also the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2 , The Defining Years, 1933–1938 and The Declassified Eisenhower: A Divided Legacy of Peace and Political Warfare, among other books. The third and final volume of her Eleanor Roosevelt series was published; it is titled Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962.

Her writings can be found in the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.


Cook wrote a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. She was also interviewed for and featured in Ken Burns' 2014 PBS TV documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. She received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2010.


  1. ^ "Blanche Wiesen Cook. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Associates | The Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press". Retrieved 2017-06-21. 

External links

  • Profile from the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • New York Times Interview, June 22, 1999
  • Interview, PBS: The American Experience
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

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