• by Mitchell Pacelle
  • Narrated by Dan Cashman
  • 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Empire State Building is an icon as immediately recognizable as the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. For some of the world's most powerful people, it is the ultimate prize. In a riveting chronicle of betrayal, revenge, family rivalry, and raw greed, award-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Mitchell Pacelle tells the compelling tale of the Empire State Building ownership battle of the 1980s and '90s.Pacelle brings to life a colorful cast of characters that includes many of the most notorious players in international real estate, including Donald Trump, Leona Helmsley, and the eccentric Japanese billionaire Hideki Yokoi.


What the Critics Say

"This highly entertaining, well-researched volume...is a cross between great business writing and even greater gossip." (Publishers Weekly)
"A compelling read...Empire is memorable and has all the pieces of a riveting film: sex, divorce, money scams, even some jailbirds." (USA Today)
"A priceless cautionary tale about ego, greed, and vengeance, and the inevitable bust that follows every bubble." (Amazon.com)


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Customer Reviews

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The abridged version is of this book is worthless

This is one of the best books I have read regarding New York Real Estate. Beautifully written. The books storyline is a puzzle which the reader has to figure out. The events unfold in a way that keeps the narritive interesting and exciting. However, the abridged version is terrible. Besides having the most important pieces of the story left out, the abridged version is very confusing because of the storylines nonlinear nature. Imagine if the movie Pulp Fiction was abridged and key scenes were cut out. It would be impossible to understand the story! This is exactly the problem with the abridged Empire. I wish Audible would give us a choice of abridged or unabridged. Wait until audible provides the unabridged version or buy the real book. Either way the story is well worth it.

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- Tarrick Wahba

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2002
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas