William D. Cohan
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|Born||estimated 1959 or 1960|
|Residence||New York City
Columbia County, New York
|Alma mater||Duke University, 1981
Columbia School of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Business
mergers and acquisitions banker
The Washington Post
JP Morgan Chase
|Known for||Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World
House of Cards
The Last Tycoons
|Relatives||Peter Cohan, brother|
|Awards||2007 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for "Last Tycoons"|
William D. Cohan, the author of three New York Times best-selling books about Wall Street, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and a former award-winning investigative newspaper reporter based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked on Wall Street for seventeen years. He spent six years at Lazard Frères in New York, then Merrill Lynch & Co., and later became a managing director at JP Morgan Chase. He also worked for two years at GE Capital. Cohan is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism, and Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is also a graduate of Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts.
Cohan is also a columnist for BloombergView, a contributing editor for ArtNews and writes regularly for The Atlantic, BloombergBusinessWeek, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. He previously wrote for Fortune. He also makes regular TV appearances on BloombergTV, MSNBC, CNN, among others. He has appeared on The Daily Show, The Tavis Smiley Show and The Charlie Rose Show.
In 2007, he published The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., about Lazard Frères. It won the 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
His book House of Cards, describing the last days of Bear Stearns & Co., was published in March 2009. The book has received excellent reviews and was described as a "masterfully reported account" by Tim Rutten in The Los Angeles Times. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for several months.
In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Cohan said in March 2009 that Bear Stearns CEO Alan Schwartz and Lehman CEO Dick Fuld had engaged in a "tsunami of excuses" when they were responsible for their firms' collapse. In another op-ed written with Sandy B. Lewis in June 2009 he said that the current economic crisis is not over yet, and that "many of the fixes that the Obama administration has proposed will do little to address them and may make them worse."
His 2011 book, Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, examines the historical role and influence of Goldman Sachs. (He appeared on The Daily Show on 28 April 2011 to discuss the book.
His new book, The Price of Silence, about the true story of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal, will be published in 2014 by Scribner.
- The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. New York: Doubleday. 2007. ISBN 0-385-51451-4.
- House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street. New York: Doubleday. 2009. ISBN 978-0385528269.
- Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World. New York: Doubleday. 2011. ISBN 978-0385523844.
- "William D Cohan: Articles & Columns - Bloomberg". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- Cohan, William D. (September–October 2009). "Crisis Managers". Duke Magazine 95 (5) (Duke University Office of Alumni Affairs). Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- Rutten, Tim (March 6, 2009). "'House of Cards' by William D. Cohan". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
- Rider, Tiffany (November 23, 2009). "Former banker examines US financial meltdown; Cohan says his mission is to get a response to questions left unanswered by Wall Street CEOs" (PDF). Daily 49er LIX (177) (www.daily49er.com). Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- Cohan, William D. (March 12, 2009). "A Tsunami of Excuses". The New York Times.
- Lewis, Sandy B.; Cohan, William D. (June 7, 2009). "The Economy Is Still at the Brink". The New York Times.
- "Long on chutzpah, short on friends; Goldman Sachs". The Economist [US]. 16 April 2011. p. 88(US). Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- Jon Stewart, ed. (2011-04-28). "William D. Cohan Interview". The Daily Show (Comedy Central). Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- Author discusses his book "The Last Tycoons" on The Leonard Lopate Show
- Author discusses his book "The Last Tycoons" on Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal
- Video (with audio-only available) conversation with Cohan about Wall Street excesses on Bloggingheads.tv
- CSULB Distinguished Speaker William D. Cohan Discusses "House of Cards" November 18, 2009 at CSULB
- Roberts, Russ (September 28, 2009). "Cohan on the Life and Death of Bear Stearns". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.