The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons

The Liar s Ball The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World s Toughest Tycoons Inside the world of the real Great Gatsby of New York real estate Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world and Liar s Ball is the story of t

  • Title: The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons
  • Author: Vicky Ward
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  • Inside the world of the real Great Gatsby of New York real estate

    Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world, and Liar s Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world Watch as Harry makes the gutsy bid for midtown Manhattan s famous GM building and put almost no money down, landing the billion dollar tr

    Inside the world of the real Great Gatsby of New York real estate

    Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world, and Liar s Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world Watch as Harry makes the gutsy bid for midtown Manhattan s famous GM building and put almost no money down, landing the billion dollar transaction that made him the poster child for New York s real estate royalty Listen in on the secret conversations, back door deals, and blackmail that put Macklowe and his cronies on top and set them up for an enormous fall.

    Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward skillfully paints the often scandalous picture of the giants who owned the New York skyline until their empires came crumbling down in the 2008 financial crisis Based on than 200 interviews with real estate moguls like Donald Trump, William Zeckendorf, Mort Zuckerman, and David Simon, Liar s Ball is the never before told story of the egomaniacal elites of New York City Read about

    The epic rise and fall of one of the richest American real estate barons Outlandish greed and cravings for power, attention, and love Relationships built and destroyed by vanity and gossip The bursting of the real estate bubble and its aftermath

    This is no fiction this is a real life tale of extravagance, ambition, and power Harry Macklowe ruthlessly clawed his way to the top with the help of his loyal followers, each grubbing for a piece of the real estate pie Liar s Ball reveals their secrets and tells the tale of business as usual for this group lying, backstabbing, and moving in for the kill when things look patchy From the bestselling author of The Devil s Casino comes an expos on the real estate elite that you ll hardly believe.

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.95 Rating details 272 ratings 15 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 14 More filters Sort order Dec 04, 2017 William Krasne rated it really liked it I d previously read this book, but wanted to go back and revisit it after having sections of it pop up in various other things that I d read this year I m happy I did Liar s Ball tells the story of the GM Building or as it s colloquially known now, the Apple building and how it was converted from apartments, to a hotel, to arguably the best office building in New York The story centers on Harry Macklowe, a developer who put everything he had on the line to buy the building for 1.4B, subseq I d previously read this book, but wanted to go back and revisit it after having sections of it pop up in various other things that I d read this year I m happy I did Liar s Ball tells the story of the GM Building or as it s colloquially known now, the Apple building and how it was converted from apartments, to a hotel, to arguably the best office building in New York The story centers on Harry Macklowe, a developer who put everything he had on the line to buy the building for 1.4B, subsequently redeveloped the retail part of the building with the infamous Apple cube, and doubled the building s value He subsequently bet it all again buying 7 office buildings from Blackstone for 7B, only putting up 50M of his own money, but lost it all, including the GM building The book is getting turned into a movie produced by JC Chandor, and I for one can t wait flag Like see review Aug 13, 2017 Deborah Blankman rated it liked it I read this book for purely personal reasons My aunt s father owned the old GM building on the west side I also knew one of the owners of the new GM Building I don t know about the rest of the book but his chapter was totally accurate flag Like see review Feb 20, 2018 Andrew Westphal rated it liked it Quick read, lots of action and many interesting characters to follow or perhaps difficult to follow, if you mix up all the participants flag Like see review Nov 15, 2017 I rated it really liked it Could have been longer flag Like see review Aug 11, 2019 Daniel Weaver rated it liked it Didn t find the backstory to match with the main story Felt like a series of unconnected anecdotes on wealthy real estate moguls stitched together confusingly flag Like see review Feb 17, 2018 Ben Wong rated it it was ok Supposed to be high octane wheelin n dealin but it was an incredibly boring list of whos who with no action Not for everyone flag Like see review Feb 12, 2019 Joseph rated it it was amazing Very interesting reads a bit like Barbarians at the Gate flag Like see review Dec 06, 2016 Charles Reimler rated it it was amazing Government OF By And FOR The ELITE IS Reality Corporations Lobbyists Spend 100 s Millions Of Dollars Inorder Pass Bills For ELITISM INTERESTWhom Never Serve In Military Themselves Sending Lower Classes To War Democracy Is An Illusion Due Business As Usual The ELITE Control The Masses Of People flag Like see review Dec 25, 2016 Deidre rated it really liked it Shelves business The history of a single piece of property actually turns out to be a pretty interesting way to explain the doings of some of New York s biggest real estate tycoons, the nature of how top tier properties are financed, and the enduring allure of owning a trophy The book is mostly the story of Harry Macklowe s quest to acquire the GM Building and how he lost it but other characters include Donald Trump who was apparently less than happy about his portrayal in this book Vicky Ward has certainly The history of a single piece of property actually turns out to be a pretty interesting way to explain the doings of some of New York s biggest real estate tycoons, the nature of how top tier properties are financed, and the enduring allure of owning a trophy The book is mostly the story of Harry Macklowe s quest to acquire the GM Building and how he lost it but other characters include Donald Trump who was apparently less than happy about his portrayal in this book Vicky Ward has certainly done her homework and while she may stint on description, her copious notes show that her research is impeccable Definitely an interesting book for understanding the world of high stakes real estate flag Like see review Oct 22, 2016 tong huang rated it really liked it Interesting history about the GM building in NYCReally interesting to know all the legends associated with the GM buildings People s up and down with the building and with the city flag Like see review Dec 02, 2014 Suzanne Decker added it review of another edition didn t finish flag Like see review Jun 13, 2016 Gordon Howard rated it liked it OK, breezy, gossipy, short book about New York billionaire real estate shenanigans involving the GM Building on Park Avenue flag Like see review Mar 15, 2015 Christopher Rising rated it it was amazing Reads a little bit like a long Vanity Fair article but still a great read for anyone in the real estate industry flag Like see review Jan 03, 2015 Richard Rouhe rated it liked it fun drama, esp if you live in NYC and know these places and faces flag Like see review Nov 08, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it review of another edition Great book Very much enjoyed the history and stories of the big personalities involved flag Like see review Isaac Young rated it liked it Apr 14, 2016 Aaron Yagh rated it really liked it Mar 06, 2018 Ben rated it really liked it Mar 14, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing Oct 30, 2017 Phyllis rated it liked it Sep 03, 2016 Brian Hong rated it liked it Jun 29, 2019 Alan Luong rated it liked it May 30, 2018 Jared King rated it really liked it Mar 03, 2019 Dan rated it it was amazing Aug 25, 2017 David Bergman rated it it was amazing Jan 23, 2019 Yukari Sasaki rated it really liked it Sep 18, 2018 S Myerson rated it liked it Mar 21, 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    1. I d previously read this book, but wanted to go back and revisit it after having sections of it pop up in various other things that I d read this year I m happy I did Liar s Ball tells the story of the GM Building or as it s colloquially known now, the Apple building and how it was converted from apartments, to a hotel, to arguably the best office building in New York The story centers on Harry Macklowe, a developer who put everything he had on the line to buy the building for 1.4B, subseq I d p [...]


    2. I read this book for purely personal reasons My aunt s father owned the old GM building on the west side I also knew one of the owners of the new GM Building I don t know about the rest of the book but his chapter was totally accurate.


    3. Quick read, lots of action and many interesting characters to follow or perhaps difficult to follow, if you mix up all the participants.



    4. Didn t find the backstory to match with the main story Felt like a series of unconnected anecdotes on wealthy real estate moguls stitched together confusingly


    5. Supposed to be high octane wheelin n dealin but it was an incredibly boring list of whos who with no action Not for everyone.



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