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Blanche Wiesen Cook
Position: Distinguished Professor
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: History, Liberal Studies MA, Women’s Studies CP.

Publications:

Books
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Volume I, l884-l933, (Viking, l992; Penguin, l993; Bloomsbury, UK, l993)
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, l992
  • National Best Seller
  • American Library Association Notable Book, l992
  • New York Times Notable Book, l992
  • Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Nonfiction, l992

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Volume II, l933-l938: The Defining Years (Viking, l999; Penguin, July 2000; Bloomsbury UK)

  • New York Times Notable Book, l999
  • National Best Seller
  • Among l0 Best Books, l999, Christian Science Monitor

[ER volume III, forthcoming]

THE DECLASSIFIED EISENHOWER: A DIVIDED LEGACY OF PEACE AND
POLITICAL WARFARE, (Doubleday l981, Penguin l984)

  • New York Times Notable Book, l981

CRYSTAL EASTMAN ON WOMEN AND REVOLUTION (Oxford, l978)

Senior Editor, The Garland Library of War and Peace, a 360 volume reprint series; and ten anthologies (Garland Publishing, l970-l980)

Contributor and co-editor, WOMEN IN CULTURE AND POLITICS: A CENTURY
OF CHANGE (Indiana U Press, l985) “The Work and Legacy of Crystal Eastman and Alexandra Kollontai”

Contributor and co-editor, PAST-IMPERFECT: ALTERNATIVE ESSAYS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY, 2 vols., (Knopf, l973)
“In Pursuit of Property: The Dispossession of the American Indian,” vol. l

Bibliography on Peace Research in History, (American Bibliographic Center, Clio Press, l969)

ARTICLES (Partial Listing)
“On A Zion in the Wilderness,” in Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon, eds.,WRESTLING WITH ZION (Grove Press, 2003)

Introduction to Owen Lattimore, ORDEAL BY SLANDER (Carroll & Graf, 2003)

About ER, “Storytellers,” in Brian Lamb, BOOKNOTES (Times Books, Random House, 1997)

“Outing History,” in Mary Rhiel and David Suchoff, eds., THE SEDUCTIONS OF BIOGRAPHY (Routledge, l996)

“Presidential Papers in Crisis: Some Thoughts on Lies, Secrets, and Silence,” in PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES QUARTERLY (Winter l996)

“Cold War Fallout: A Review Essay of Jay Gould’s THE ENEMY WITHIN: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING NEAR NUCLEAR REACTORS,” in THE NATION (9 December l996)

“The Rosenbergs and the Crimes of a Century,” in Marjorie Garber & Rebecca Walkowitz, eds., SECRET AGENTS: THE ROSENBERG CASE, McCARTHYISM & FIFTIES AMERICA (Routledge, l995); also in Rob Okun, ed., THE ROSENBERGS: COLLECTED VISIONS OF ARTISTS AND WRITERS (Basic Books, l993)

“The Radical Women of Greenwich Village: From Crystal Eastman to Eleanor Roosevelt,” in Rick Beard and Leslie Cohen Berlowitz, eds.,GREENWICH VILLAGE (Rutgers University Press for the Museum of the City of New York, l993)

“U.S. Foreign Relations History: On Secrecy and Documentation,” PERSPECTIVES, THE AHA NEWSLETTER, November l99l

“Women, Peace and the Environment: A Review Essay,” THE WOMEN’S REVIEW OF BOOKS, l991.

“Crystal Eastman,” in PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN, edited by G.J. Barker-Benfield and Catherine Clinton (St Martin’s Press, l99l)

“Feminist Biography: A Review Essay,” MS MAGAZINE, l990.

“Freedom Fighters: A Review Essay,” THE WOMEN’S REVIEW OF BOOKS, June l989.

“Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights: The Battle for Peace and Planetary Decency,” in Edward P. Craypol, ed., WOMEN AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
(Greenwood, l987; Scholarly Resources, l992)

“Eleanor Roosevelt, Power and Politics,” in Jess Flemion and Colleen M. O’Connor, eds., ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY (San Diego State University Press, l987)

“WILPF: 75 Years of Courage and Conviction,” A Celebration of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, keynote address, Madison Wisconsin, June l989, reprinted in PEACE AND FREEDOM, September l989

“The Impact of Anti-Communism on American Life,” keynote address, Institute for Media Analysis Conference, Harvard University, October l988; in SCIENCE AND SOCIETY, Winter l989

“The Fifties,” with Gerald Markowitz, in Howard Quint, Dean Albertson, and Milton Cantor, eds., MAIN PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, vol. 2, (The Dorsey Press, 5th ed., l988)

“WILPF at Seventy,” PEACE AND FREEDOM, 70th Anniversary, Sept l985

“Feminism, Socialism, and Sexual Freedom: The Work and Legacy of Crystal Eastman and Alexandra Kollontai,” in STRATEGIES DES FEMMES, Marie-Claire Pasquier, et. al., eds., (Paris: Les Editions Tierce, l984); US edition, WOMEN IN CULTURE AND POLITICS: A CENTURY OF CHANGE. Judith Friedlander, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Alice Kessler- Harris, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, eds., (Indiana University Press, l985)

“Biographer and Subject: A Critical Connection,” in Carol Ascher, Louise DeSalvo, Sara Ruddick, eds. BETWEEN WOMEN (Beacon Press, l984; Routledge l993)

“First Comes the Lie: C.D. Jackson and Political Warfare,” RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW, #31, (l984)

“Turn Toward Peace: Eleanor Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, in Joan Hoff-Wilson and Marjorie Lightman, eds., WITHOUT PRECEDENT: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (Indiana University Press, l984)

“The Real Eleanor Roosevelt: An Essay in Celebration of ER’s Centennial,” Ms (September l984)

“Feminism and Peace Research: Thoughts on Alternative Strategy,” WOMEN’S STUDIES QUARTERLY, (Summer l984)

“A Utopian Female Support Network: The Case of the Henry Street Settlement,” in Ruby Rohrlich and Elaine Hoffman Baruch, eds., WOMEN IN SEARCH OF UTOPIA: MAVERICKS AND MYTHMAKERS, (Schocken Books, l984)

“History in Shreds: The Fate of the Freedom of Information Act,” with Gerald Markowitz, RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW, #26 (October l982)

“Women and Politics: The Obscured Dimension,” in Kenneth Wheeler and Virginia Lee Lussier, eds., WOMEN, THE ARTS, AND THE l920S IN PARIS AND NEW YORK,
(Rutgers U Press, l982)

“The Witnesses of REDS: Putting the Names and History to the Faces,” DIVERSION (March l982); partially reprinted in NEW DIRECTIONS FOR WOMEN, (April l982)

“The Life of Lorena Hickok: ER’s Friend,” a review essay, FEMINIST STUDIES (Fall, l980)

“The Historical Denial of Lesbianism: A Review Essay, “RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW, #20 (Spring/ Summer l979)

“Women Alone Stir My Imagination: Lesbianism & the Cultural Tradition,” SIGNS (Summer l979)

“Female Support Networks and Political Activism: Lillian Wald, Crystal Eastman and Emma Goldman,” CHRYSALIS #3, (Autumn l977); Reprinted by Out and Out Books, l979; also in Nancy Cott and Elizabeth Pleck, eds., A HERITAGE OF HER OWN (Simon & Schuster, l979); Linda Kerber and Jane DeHart Matthews, eds., WOMEN’S AMERICA (Oxford, l982)

“Psychosurgery for Social Control,” HERESIES, (#6, l979); reprinted in AEGIS (May/June l979)– both special issues on Women and Violence

“Surveillance and Mind Control,” in Howard Frazier, ed., UNCLOAKING THE CIA (The Free Press, Macmillan, l978)

“The Dwight David Eisenhower Library: Manuscript Fiefdom at Abilene,” in Alonzo Hamby and Edward Weldon, eds., ACCESS TO THE PAPERS OF RECENT PUBLIC FIGURES, (Organization of American Historians, l977)

“American Justifications for Military Massacres from the Pequot War to Mylai,” JOURNAL OF PEACE AND CHANGE, (Autumn, l975)

“The Records of Public Officials,” participant, 48th American Assembly, Arden House, April l975. [This American Assembly resulted in new federal laws for presidential and executive records.]

“Dwight David Eisenhower: Antimilitarist in the White House,” (Forum Press Monographs, l974)

“Democracy in Wartime: Antimilitarism in England and the U.S.” AMERICAN STUDIES JOURNAL (Spring l972); reprinted in Charles Chatfield, ed., AMERICAN PEACE MOVEMENTS, Schocken Books, l973)

“The Woman’s Peace Party: Collaboration and Non-Cooperation in World War I,” JOURNAL OF PEACE AND CHANGE, 1972

INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS, THE GARLAND LIBRARY ON WAR AND PEACE:

  • Jane Addams, PEACE AND BREAD IN TIME OF WAR
  • C.R. Buxton, TOWARD A LASTING SETTLEMENT
  • Randolph Bourne, TOWARDS AN ENDURING PEACE
  • Marie Louise Degen, HISTORY OF THE WOMAN’S PEACE PARTY
  • William Isaac Hull, PREPAREDNESS: THE AMERICAN VERSUS THE MILITARY PROGRAMME
  • Edward Krehbiel, NATIONALISM, WAR AND SOCIETY
  • Arthur Ponsonby, FALSEHOOD IN WARTIME: CONTAINING ANASSORTMENT OF LIES CIRCULATED THROUGHOUT THE NATIONS DURING THE GREAT WAR
  • Helena Swanwick, THE WAR AND ITS EFFECTS UPON WOMEN
  • Helena Swanwick, BUILDERS OF PEACE: TEN YEARS OF THE UNION OF DEMOCRATIC CONTROL
  • About Professor Cook and her Recent Scholarship:
    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: 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 theLambda Literary Award. She is currently working on the third and final volume of Eleanor Roosevelt in which the former first lady is seen as the most important woman in American political history. A frequent contributor of reviews and columns in many newspapers and periodicals, her book The Declassified Eisenhower was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1981. For more than twenty years she 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,where she participated in the joint PBS-NBC coverage of the 1992 Democratic National Convention. A provocative and engaging speaker on history, politics and women’s issues; Professor 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.