The love of her life

To Coss, Cook is Eleanor Roosevelt's "emissary." But Cook says Coss "was really the guide and the editor. All of the agony that a writer feels—to be able to talk about it with someone who's a working psychotherapist is a real blessing." As a result, Cook's long and intense affair with ER hasn't come between herself and Coss.

"If she had worked on Eisenhower for 18 years, well... " Coss says, laughing. "But not Eleanor. She is a constant inspiration. I feel I know her very well."

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