Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historian, Biographer, Journalist

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Her definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol I The Early Years 1884 – 1933; Vol II The Defining Years 1933- 1938; Vol III The War Years and After 1939 -1962, published by Viking, was called “monumental and inspirational…[a] grand biography” by the New York Times Book Review. Eleanor Roosevelt Volume One, on the NY Times bestseller list for 3 months, received many awards, including the 1992 Biography Prize from the Los Angeles Times, and the Lambda Literary Award. Eleanor Roosevelt Volume II was a New York Times bestseller. ER I, II, III are available in Penguin Paperback and on ebook.


Interview with biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt volumes I, II, III
NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Japan’s only public broadcaster, recently aired this 15-minute program,Direct Talk, in 160 countries to a potential audience of 300+ million households.


Eleanor Roosevelt Vol. 1:
The Early Years

The first volume in the life of America’s greatest First Lady, “a woman who changed the lives of millions.”
— Washington Post

Eleanor Roosevelt Vol. 2:
The Defining Years

The central volume in the definitive biography of America’s most important First Lady. “Engrossing”
— Boston Globe

Eleanor Roosevelt Vol. 3
The War Years and After

“Monumental and inspirational…Cook skillfully narrates the epic history of the war years… [a] grand biography.” — The New York Times Book Review

Crytstal Eastman
Women & Revolution

A collection of essay, addresses, and magazine articles by the early-twentieth-century attorney and activist illuminate her militant views on feminism, suffrage, pacifism, and socialism.