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Pulitzer Prize-nominated Wall Street Journal journalist Mitchell Pacelle has written an absorbing tale that rivals any novel of business melodrama. If there’s anyone left out there who thinks that real estate deals are dry, number-crunching exercises in dullness, this behind-the-scenes look at the extreme personalities vying for control of the Empire State Building will set that myth aside once and for all. recommends this expertly written page-turner to all readers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The history of the Empire State Building, from its construction to the present day, and
  • The story of the contentious battle for control of the building that was waged between a shady Japanese businessman, his daughter and some of New York’s toughest real-estate moguls, including Donald Trump.

About the Author

Mitchell Pacelle is an award-winning journalist who has covered business for The Wall Street Journal, has won the New York Press Club’s 1999 Business Reporting award and was part of the team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the collapse of the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund.



The Players
The Empire State Building, the most famous skyscraper in the world, was the prize in a frenzied, decade-long contest for control during the 1990s. This battle for ownership turned into a business soap opera as a new guard rose to challenge the fading leaders of the era of old...

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    Gary Rawlins 3 years ago
    Renoir name spelled incorrectly in sixth paragraph of section titled The Deal
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      Diane Charlton 3 years ago
      Excellent catch Mr Rawlins thank you. We really appreciate the feedback and the opportunity to correct the spelling mistake.

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