Author Richard Cohen’s new book, Creative Destruction: The Secret History of the Big Five, charts the history of the five biggest creative destruction industries and their impact on the creative industries of the U.S. In a new excerpt from the book, Cohen details his own personal experience and the role of the media in the explosion of creative destruction.
His new book has been hailed as “the most definitive portrait of the explosion that took place after World War II.”
Cohen, who now lives in Brooklyn, is an assistant professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The author of two acclaimed books on the business of journalism, The Power Broker: The Untold Story of the Billion-Dollar Media Company that Created the New Media and The Powerbroker: A Memoir of a Billionaire, Cohen has worked as a freelance journalist, an investigative reporter, and as a reporter for a national TV network and a New York newspaper.
The former New York Times reporter has written extensively on media consolidation and media-industry collusion, including the recent cover story on the Rockefeller Brothers Fund that included his own piece.
Cohen’s work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Daily News, the Washington Post Literary Supplement, and numerous other publications.
In addition, he has worked with the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit The Committee to Protect Journalists.
His previous book, The Unauthorized Biography of Bob Woodward, was published by Simon & Schuster.
Cohen is the author of numerous books, including The Big Three: The Art of Selling, and the bestselling book on the history and impact of the art world, Creative Disruption: The Big 5 of Creative Destruction.
The Big Four: The History of American Publishing has been published by HarperCollins, and was the No. 1 book in the U, U.K., and Australia in 2018.
The American Heritage Dictionary of American Biography has been named one of the 10 most influential books of the 20th century.
Cohen was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the topic of mass media consolidation, and received the 2017 John F. Kennedy Library Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Study of the Media.
He has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including WNET, the Institute for Policy Studies, the American Journalism Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, and American Public Media.