The Last Tycoon is a grand and revelatory portrait of Wall Street’s most storied investment bank. It takes the reader into the mysterious and secretive world of Lazard Frères & Co and presents a compelling portrait of Wall Street through the tumultuous history of this exalted and fascinating company. This book is a tale of vaulting ambitions, whispered advice, worldly mistresses, fabulous art collections, and enormous wealth—a story of high drama in the world of high finance.
Praise for The Last Tycoons
“Cohan’s portrayal of the firm's dominant partners—whose gargantuan appetites and mercurial habits provide the unifying force behind the book’s operatic melodramas—makes this an epic. In fact, The Last Tycoons bears a striking resemblance to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon.”
“Breezy and highly readable. For those of us who enjoy high-level gossip (most people) and an inside look at the machinations, triumphs, failures, and foibles of some of Wall Street’s and America’s most exalted personages, Cohan’s book is entertaining and seductively engrossing.”
— Chicago Tribune
“Cohan's thoroughness—he interviewed over 100 current and former bankers and assorted bigwigs—unearths a trove of colorful titbits, many quite racy. Illuminating are Mr. Cohan’s descriptions of the scheming, politicking, and general dysfunction that was Lazard.”
“Cohan not only knows where the bodies are buried but got a guided tour of the graveyard.”
— Wall Street Journal