"He's just full of stories about Byrd and a lot of them aren't even in the book," she said.
Corbin, a native of Dunbar and graduate of Marshall University, should have lots of stories. He spent 26 years as a Senate staffer, six of them with Byrd; and then served as Byrd's speechwriter for 10 years.
Corbin said he began taking notes on Byrd early on, and the senator figured that out pretty quickly.
Though they never directly discussed Corbin writing a book someday, Byrd occasionally would make a comment after a conversation: "That would be good for a book."
With approval from Byrd, he did write a couple of magazine articles, including one for the West Virginia University Law Review about Byrd's role in exposing Watergate cover-ups.
"He was thrilled with that - I cleared it with him first," Corbin said.
Corbin said he really sat down to tackle the book after Byrd died and he could have gone in many directions.
"But you have to find a theme and a perspective," he said. And he decided to write a book about Byrd's role in national issues.
"I wanted to bring Byrd to national attention, to emphasize his role in national issues," he said.
West Virginians know a lot about the late senator - and what he did for their state - but many outside the state don't know his role in things
like Watergate or the way he stood up to President Ronald Reagan.
"He effectively rolled back the Reagan revolution," Corbin said.
His title refers to his admiration for Byrd.
"He's definitely the last great senator. I'm not saying he's the only great senator - there was Ted Kennedy, Jacob Javits, Howard Baker. There were lots of great senators; unfortunately, they're all in the past. He's the last of the greats.
"We miss him," Corbin added. "He could get things done. He had an impact on 11 administrations - that's one-fourth of all presidents."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.