More About the Author
William A. Cook continues to be a prolific writer and dedicated "Americanist." In April, his 12th book "Bibb Falk - The Man Who Replaced Shoeless Joe" was published by McFarland & Co., Inc. The book not only gives Falk his long over-due acknowledgement for a brilliant 50 year plus career in baseball and takes a look at baseball in the Lone Star State, but is unique in that the content of the book from cover to cover takes in so much territory on the diamond; college, minor league and major league baseball, as well as World War Two service baseball.
Cook's biography of Bibb Falk is a perfect companion to his 2001 release "The 1919 World Series - What Really Happened" which is still causing a stir with the baseball historian's. The book reignited the dormant dialogue among historians on the facts of baseball's most notorious event, spawning more than ten new titles on the subject within a few years of the publication and creating a few self-appointed new experts on the matter. Cook's thesis in his book is eye-opening in that he asserts that no matter how the World Series was played, fair, fixed, or otherwise, the Chicago White Sox were not going to win. The 1919 Cincinnati Reds were simply a better team. His research supports his thesis very well.
Meanwhile Cook's 2014 book "The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping" published by Sunbury Press is captivating readers with it's laser like account of the crime of the 20th Century.
Cook's "Big Klu - The Baseball life of Ted Kluszewski" was published in late 2012, by McFarland & Co., Inc. The book chronicles the sports career of one of major league baseball's most iconic sluggers during the golden age of the game in the 1950's. The work also details Kluzewski's career on the gird iron at Indiana University and his post-playing days in the major leagues becoming a successful buisnessman and later the batting coach for the Big Red Machine in the 1970's.
Also Cook's exiciting and fast paced, "King of the Bootleggers - a Biography of George Remus," published by McFarland (2008), is more than just interesting and well documented. It is by far one of the best works about the prohibition era recently published. As one reviewer stated, Cook has the ability in his writing to take historical facts and make them read like a novel.
As a historian, Cook has a repuation as being objective and detailed in his writing. Cook's work "Pete Rose - Baseball's All-Time Hit King," is an example of his ability to describe events objectively and let the reader make-up their own mind as to the legacy of a sports celebrity surrounded by lasting controversy.
William A. Cook was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a former public administrator having served in the nation's health care and social service systems in several states. For the past 28 years he has resided in New Jersey. He served one-term as a township councilman in North Brunswick (1991-1993)and ran unsuccessfully for Freeholder in Middlesex County (1995). Currently he lives in Manalapan. Prior to coming to the east coast, Cook lived and worked in Chicago and Minneapolis. His educational experience includes holding an MA, University of Illinois at Chicago; BS, AA, University of Cincinnati. A widower, he was married for 14 years.