William D. Cohan
|William David Cohan|
February 20, 1960 |
|Residence||New York City|
|Alma mater||Duke University
Columbia School of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Business
mergers and acquisitions
|Notable work(s)||The Price of Silence (2014)
Money and Power (2011)
House of Cards (2009)
The Last Tycoons (2007)
|Partner(s)||Deborah Gail Futter|
|Relatives||Peter Cohan, brother|
|Awards||2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for The Last Tycoons|
William David Cohan is an American business writer. He has written books about the Wall Street industry and is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, ArtNews, The Irish Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Fortune Magazine.
After graduating from Duke University in 1981, he was an investigative reporter for the Raleigh Times and won several awards. He then worked on Wall Street for seventeen years as a mergers and acquisitions banker. 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.
The Last Tycoons
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.
House of Cards
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. In a talk about the book at Cal State Long Beach, Cohan said he felt it was his mission to get a response to questions left unanswered by Wall Street CEOs.  It remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for several months.
Money and Power
His 2011 book, Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, examines the historical role and influence of Goldman Sachs. 
The Price of Silence
His book, The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities, about the story of the Duke lacrosse case, was published in April, 2014 by Scribner. 
The book has led to a number of polarized reviews and online discussions about the book and the author's depiction of its contents during television and radio interviews (see The Price of Silence (Controversy)).
- "William D Cohan: Articles & Columns - BloombergView". Bloomberg_L.P. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "William D. Cohan-Vanity Fair contributor". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "William D. Cohan-The Atlantic contributor". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "William D. Cohan-The New York Times contributor". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "William D. Cohan- The Opinionator blog contributor". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "search for "William Cohan" on Financial Times website". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "search for "William Cohan" on Fortune Magazine website". Time, Inc. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "The Irish Times website". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "The Washington Post website". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Businessweek website". Bloomberg_L.P. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
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 an 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."
- Cohan, William D. (September–October 2009). "Crisis Manager". Duke Magazine 95 (5). Retrieved 22 May 2014.
In 1991 he married editor Deborah Gail Futter in a Jewish ceremony.
- 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.
- The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities. New York: Scribner. 2014. ISBN 978-1451681796.
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- Ms. Futter Weds William D. Cohan - New York Times
- 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". Daily 49er LIX (177) (www.daily49er.com). Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- "Long on chutzpah, short on friends; Goldman Sachs". The Economist [US]. 16 April 2011. p. 88(US). Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities". Scribner. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- 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.
- Official website
- Twitter- https://twitter.com/WilliamCohan
- 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.