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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rich Cohen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Lake Forest, Illinois


-- Website -- http://authorrichcohen.com/index.htm
-- Rich Cohen on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=rich+cohen


Illinois Connection

Cohen was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, and grew up in Chicago's North Shore suburb of Glencoe.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cohen is a journalist and author. He is contributing editor at ''Vanity Fair'' and ''Rolling Stone'' magazines. He currently lives in Connecticut.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Tough Jews /
ISBN: 0375705473. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1999.

In an L.A. delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. These are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters Rich Cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in Tough Jews. Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side--and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf--Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps.

The Avengers :
ISBN: 0375705295. OCLC Number:

A.A. Knopf,. New York :. 2000.

In 1944, a band of Jewish guerrillas emerged from the Baltic forest to join the Russian army in its attack on Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. The band, called the Avengers, was led by Abba Kovner, a charismatic young poet. In the ghetto, Abba had built bombs, sneaking out through the city's sewer tunnels to sabotage German outposts. Abba's chief lieutenants were two teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak. At seventeen, Vitka and Ruzka were perhaps the most daring partisans in the East, the first to blow up a Nazi train in occupied Europe. In Vilna, they were the heart of a courageous underground movement, and when the ghetto was liquidated, they fled to the forests and joined other partisans in continued sabotage and resistance. It is a side of war not often seen -- Jews fighting the Nazis on their own terms. It is also the story of three remarkable people able to call themselves comrades, lovers, and friends.

Lake effect /
ISBN: 0375725334. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

An iconic story of American youth and friendship between young men. Rich Cohen writes about growing up on the Great Lakes, about emerging from the shadow of a father, about falling under the spell of an unforgettable friendship -- and about the pain of looking back on that friendship with adult eyes.--From publiaher's description.

Machers and rockers :
ISBN: 039305280X. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton & Co.,. New York :. ©2004.

"On the South Side of Chicago in the late 1940s, two immigrants - one a Jew born in Russia, the other a black Blues singer from Mississippi - met and changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the Blues, and Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry added a dose of pulsating rhythm, and Chess Records captured that, too. Rock & Roll had arrived, and an industry was born." "Rich Cohen tells the engrossing story of how Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar business - aggressively acquiring artists, strong-arming distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation."--Jacket.

Machers and rockers :
ISBN: 0393327507. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton & Co.,. New York :. ©2004.

"On the South Side of Chicago in the late 1940s, two immigrants - one a Jew born in Russia, the other a black Blues singer from Mississippi - met and changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the Blues, and Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry added a dose of pulsating rhythm, and Chess Records captured that, too. Rock & Roll had arrived, and an industry was born." "Rich Cohen tells the engrossing story of how Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar business - aggressively acquiring artists, strong-arming distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation."--Jacket.

Sweet and low :
ISBN: 0374272298. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2006.

The bittersweet story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and Sweet'N Low, converting his Brooklyn cafeteria into a factory and amassing the great fortune that would destroy his family. A strange comic farce of machinations and double dealings, it is also the story of immigrants, sugar, saccharine, obesity, and the health and diet craze, played out across countries and generations but also within the life of a single family, as the fortune and the factory passed from generation to generation. The author, Rich Cohen, a grandson (disinherited, and thus set free, along with his mother and siblings), has sought the truth of this rancorous, colorful history, mining thousands of pages of court documents and conducting interviews with members of his extended family.--From publisher description.

When I stop talking, you'll know I'm dead :
ISBN: 0446548154. OCLC Number:

Twelve,. New York :. 2010.

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him--the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood, with Elvis or Sinatra, Robert Altman or George Clooney--he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door. "All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he writes. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'" With wit, wisdom, and the cool confidence that has colored his remarkable career, Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisation. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn are essential, not just for those who love movies and music, but for businessmen, entrepreneurs, artists--everyone.--From publisher description.

The fish that ate the whale :
ISBN: 0374299277. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2012.

A biography of the little-known antihero, Samuel Zemurray (1877-1961), the disgraced mogul of the much hated United Fruit Company who aided the creation of Israel, funded many of Tulane University's buildings, and had a hand in the rise of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Alex and the amazing time machine /
ISBN: 0805094180. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2012.

Fifth-grader Alex Trumble builds a "dingus"--A time machine--when his brother Stephen is kidnapped by dangerous, evil time-travelers, to get back to the past and into the future to save his family from disaster.

Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the wild heart of football /
ISBN: 0374298688. OCLC Number:

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"A riveting account of the 1985 Chicago Bears and the author's personal relationship with the football team"--

The sun & the moon & the Rolling Stones /
ISBN: 0804179239. OCLC Number:

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Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway -- privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock roll band of all time.


Awards

Lake Effect

  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library
  • Monsters

    Speaking Engagements

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