Spotlight: Blanche Wiesen Cook

Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2017 welcomes

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The New York State Council on the Humanities honored her as Scholar of the Year in 1996. Her most recent book, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT The War Years and After
Volume Three: 1939-1962  (reviewed here: NYTimes review) is the third and final volume of her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume Two, (Viking Penguin, 1999) was widely popular as was Volume One, published in 1992, which remained on The New York Times best seller list for three months and received numerous awards, including the 1992 Biography Prize from The Los Angeles Times, and the Lambda Literary Award. In this third and final volume of Eleanor Roosevelt, the former first lady is seen as the most important woman in American political history.

E. Roosevelt Vol 3   E. Roosevelt Vol 2     E. Roosevelt Vol 1

A frequent contributor of reviews and columns in many newspapers and periodicals, Blanche Wiesen Cook’s book The Declassified Eisenhower was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1981.

Declassified Eisenhower        Passion - Cook   crystal-eastman-cook

For more than twenty years Blanche Wiesen Cook produced and hosted her own program for Radio Pacifica, originally called Activists and Agitators, later renamed Women and the World in the 1990s. Professor Cook appears frequently on such television programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, C-Span’s Booknotes, and MacNeil/Lehre­­r­ NewsHour. 

Blanche Wiesen Cook in a video interview with journalist, Sheryl McCarthy, about her Roosevelt biographies

A provocative and engaging speaker on history, politics and women’s issues; Blanche Wiesen Cook is deeply committed to the principle of greater dignity and security for all women and men. She is the former Vice-President for Research of the American Historical Associa­tion, and was Vice-President and Chair of the Fund for Open Information and Accountability (FOIA, Inc.) She was also Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians, which was actively committed to maintaining the integrity of the Freedom of Information Act.


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For Festival of Women Writers 2017, Blanche Wiesen Cook will be a featured reader on Saturday, September 9th at 1:45pm.

LINK here for Blanche Wiesen Cooke’s interview on Pubic Radio about her third volume of Eleanor Roosevelt and events of the War Years:   

Link here for more information on the Books of Blanche Wiesen Cook

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