Rich Cohen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews, The Avengers, Monsters, and (with Jerry Weintraub) When I Stop Talking You’ll Know I’m Dead. He the co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor atVanity Fair and Rolling Stone and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic,and Harper’s Magazine, among others. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. His stories have been included inThe Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Connecticut.
When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. In between, he worked as a fruit peddl... SEE MORE