- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781118295311
- ISBN-13: 978-1118295311
- ASIN: 1118295315
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Liar's Ball is about the desperate scramble thatensued when the world's most expensive building went on the auctionblock. The iconic GM Building brought out the best and worst in NewYork's real estate royalty, and led a few of them to ruin. But asauthor and former Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Warddiscovered, the story of the GM Building is about much more thanreal estate.
The Liar's Ball is a story of naked, unregulatedcapitalism, of the sometimes bloody free-for-all of the freemarket. It's a tale of brilliant and enormously ambitiousbillionaires fighting bare-knuckled to get what they want. And theyall wanted the GM Building.
Through over 200 interviews with real estate's best andbrightestDonald Trump, Harry Macklowe, Samuel Zell, MortZuckerman, and many moreNew York Times bestsellingauthor Vicky Ward exposes the lies and schemes and insecuritiesbehind the deals made by some of the world's biggest egos. TheLiar's Ball is the riveting real-life tale of just how farthese people would go to get the money, power, and attention theyso desperately crave.
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PRAISE FOR THE LIAR'S BALL BY VICKY WARD
"Vicky Ward has done it again. She has taken a subject and acast of characters, many of whom we would not invite to dinner, andwoven a page-turning, compelling tale. She transforms real estateplayers, who to most of us are stick figures, into pulsatingcharacters. Yes, they are greedy. But they also can be visionaryand vulnerable, and damn interesting." KEN AULETTA,The New Yorker
"This riveting book is far more than an exposé of ambition,greed, and business acumen (which, it turns out, is composed inequal parts of hubris, chutzpah, and sheer brilliance) at the apexof the New York real estate world. It is also a most subtleanalysis of character, motive, passion, and rivalries, the stuff ofwhich great fiction is made. The Liar's Ball will be arevelation to those of us who've always wondered how real estatetycoons become billionaires one day and can go bankrupt the next. Icouldn't put this book down. It's a romp of a read." HENRYLOUIS GATES, Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African& African American Research, Harvard University
"The story of the world's most valuable office building is agripping tale of boom and bust, battling billionaires, and hugeegos flirting with disaster in their relentless, debt-financedpursuit of the ultimate trophy deal. Vicky Ward sheds fresh lighton tycoons from Donald Trump to Steve Jobs as she brilliantlyexplores the vision and fragility at the heart of the most volatilepart of American capitalism." MATTHEW BISHOP, New YorkBureau Chief, The Economist
"Lucid, action filled, and built on astounding accesshowdid she get all that information?to some of the most powerfuland secretive men (yes, all men) in the world. And a rip-roaringread as well." JAY FIELDEN, Editor in Chief, Town& Country
"The Liar's Ball is about men with edifice complexes. Inthis case, the ones who have left their mark all over New YorkCity. Thanks to Vicky Ward, one of the most secretive, ruthless,and successful boys' clubs has been exposed. This is a fascinatingand unputdownable book." DR. AMANDA FOREMAN, author ofA World on Fire