David Elliot Cohen

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David Elliot Cohen
Born 1955
Buffalo, New York
Nationality  United States

David Elliot Cohen is an American author and publisher who has, over a 30-year span, created more than 70 photography books. He is probably best known for the bestselling Day in the Life and America 24/7 series of photography books that he co-created with Rick Smolan.

Cohen created four New York Times bestsellers: A Day in the Life of America (1986)[1] , A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union (1987),[2] Christmas in America (1988),[3] and America 24/7 (2003).[4] His 2009 book, Obama: The Historic Front Pages was a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His 2008 book, What Matters combined photo-reportage about essential issues of our time with essays by prominent commentators including Samantha Power, Jeffrey Sachs and Bill McKibben. The Chicago Tribune called the book, "Powerful and passionate."[5]

He also wrote a travelogue, One Year Off (1999),[6] which chronicles a rambling 16-month trip around the world by land, air, and sea with his three children, Kara, William, and Lucas. The San Francisco Chronicle called the book "honest, reflective, and often uproariously funny,".[7] The New York Times was less flattering, calling it, "a book that proves it is also possible to go almost everywhere and learn almost nothing."[8]

Cohen was born in Buffalo, New York, grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and lived in Manhattan for ten years before settling in Marin County, California. He graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a degree in English literature. His honors include a National Jewish Book Award, the American Jewish Committee's humanitarian award, a Catholic Press Association Award and a silver medal from the king of Spain for the promotion of Spanish tourism.

Major works[edit]

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1983). A Day in the Life of Hawaii. Workman Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89480-760-2. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1984). A Day in the Life of Canada. Collins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-00-217380-3. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1985). A Day in the Life of Japan. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-217580-7. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1986). A Day in the Life of America. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-255332-2. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1987). A Day in the Life of The Soviet Union. Harpercollins. ISBN 978-0-00-217969-0. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1988). A Day in the Life of Spain. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-217967-6. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (1988). A Day in the Life of California. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 978-0-00-215162-7. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1988). Christmas in America. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-217968-3. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1989). The Jews in America. HarperAudio. ISBN 978-0-00-215323-2. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1989). A Day in the Life of China. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-215321-8. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1991). The Circle of Life. HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-250244-5. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1992). America Then and Now. Harpercollins. ISBN 978-0-06-250176-9. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Charles M. Collins (1993). The African Americans. Viking Studio. ISBN 978-0-14-024918-7. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Lee Liberman (1994). A Day in the Life of Israel. Diane Books Publishing Company (Originally Collins Pub San Francisco). ISBN 978-0-7881-5162-0. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Susan Wels (1995). A Day in the Life of Thailand. Collins Pub San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-00-255481-7. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1999). One Year Off. Travelers' Tales (Originally Simon & Schuster). ISBN 978-1-885211-65-1. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Rick Smolan (2003). America 24/7. DK ADULT. ISBN 978-0-7894-9975-2. 

Cohen, David Elliot (2008). What Matters: the world's preeminent photojournalists and thinkers depict essential issues of our time. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5834-8. 

Cohen, David Elliot; Mark Greenberg (2009). Obama: The Historic Front Pages. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-6902-3. 

Cohen, David Elliot (2009). Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-7707-3. 

Pro bono works[edit]

Cohen, David Elliot; Tides Foundation; Doug Menuez; Ron Grant Tussy (1989). 15 Seconds. Island Press. ISBN 978-0-9718021-0-0. 

Cohen, David Elliot (1995). Requiem for the Heartland. Harpercollins. ISBN 978-0-00-649203-0. 

Cohen, David Elliot (2002). A Day in the Life of Africa. Tides Foundation. ISBN 978-1-55963-038-2. 

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times "Best Sellers December 14, 2003". Accessed February 13, 2008.
  2. ^ The New York Times "Best Sellers January 3, 1988". Accessed February 13, 2008.
  3. ^ The New York Times "Best Sellers December 18, 1988". Accessed February 13, 2008.
  4. ^ The New York Times "Best Sellers December 21, 2003". Accessed February 13, 2008.
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune "Hard to See, Impossible to Turn Away" Accessed January 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Globe Corner Bookstores "One Year Off by David Elliot Cohen" Accessed February 13, 2008.
  7. ^ San Francisco Chronicle "Circling the globe with family in tow" Accessed February 13, 2008.
  8. ^ The New York Times "One Year Off by David Elliot Cohen" Accessed January 28, 2010.