William D. Cohan, a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase, is the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of three non-fiction narratives about Wall Street: <em>Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World</em>; <em>House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street</em>; and, <em>The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co.</em>, the winner of the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His new book, <em>The Price of Silence</em>, about the Duke lacrosse scandal was published in April 2014 and is also a<em> New York Times</em> bestseller. He is a contributing editor at <em>Vanity Fair</em>. He also writes for <em>The Financial Times</em>, Bloomberg <em>BusinessWeek</em>, The Atlantic, ArtNews, the <em>Irish Times</em>, the <em>New York Times</em> and the<em> New York Times Magazine</em>. He previously wrote a bi-weekly opinion column for <em>The New York Times</em>, an opinion column for BloombergView and features for <em>Fortune</em>. He also appears regularly on MSNBC, on Bloomberg TV, where he is a contributing editor, and on CNN and the BBC-TV. He has also appeared as a guest on the <em>Daily Show, with Jon Stewart</em>, <em>The NewsHour</em>, <em>The Charlie Rose Show</em>, <em>The Tavis Smiley Show</em>, and CBS <em>This Morning</em> as well as on numerous NPR, BBC and Bloomberg radio programs. He is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.