Rich Cohen: The Adventures of Herbie Cohen

We are so excited to welcome back our great friend, Rich Cohen, to talk about his new book, The Adventues of Herbie Cohen. Rich tells the story of his father Herb Cohen, who parlayed the Brooklyn street smarts of his youth into a surprising career as "The World's Greatest Negotiator." This program is free and open to the public. 

"[Rich] Cohen, who has written about baseball, football, Jewish gangsters, and kids hockey, offers an affectionate portrait of his remarkable father, as amusing as it is tender . . . A thoroughly entertaining combination of memoir and biography."  -- Kirkus Reviews

More About the Book: Author of the 1980s mega-bestseller You Can Negotiate Anything, Herb Cohen became not only a guru of the corporate retreat, but an adviser to presidents and corporations, and an arms and hostage negotiator. This by turns rollicking and reflective book--a sort of business biography as imagined by Larry David and populated by a Roz Chastian cast of eccentric relatives--is the story of Herbie crossing the country giving lectures and doing deals, negotiating with his opinionated, oddball Brooklyn relatives, and teasing out every trick in the book for getting by and for finding meaning in this strange and funny life. And Rich considers the lessons of his father's favorite saying--which applies equally well to business negotiation and life--"The secret of life is to care, but not that much."

Rich Cohen is the New York Times-bestselling author of Tough Jews, Monsters, Sweet and Low, The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, The Chicago Cubs, and The Last Pirate of New York, and, with Jerry Weintraub, When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead. He is the co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and a writer at large for Air Mail. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper's Magazine, among other publications. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He lives in Connecticut.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World's Greatest Negotiator By Rich Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374169619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 10th, 2022

The New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen tells the story of Herbie: the king of Bensonhurst, the world’s best negotiator—and Cohen’s wise, wisecracking father.