Vicky Ward is the New York-based, British-born author of the New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers (Wiley, 2010). A former contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years, she is the former executive editor of Talk magazine and the former news features editor of the New York Post.

 

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the London Times, and the Daily Telegraph. She holds a master’s in English literature from Cambridge University.

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The Liar’s Ball is about the desperate scramble that ensued when the world’s most expensive building went on the auction block. The iconic GM Building brought out the best and worst in New York’s real estate royalty, and led a few of them to ruin. But as author and former Vanity Fair editor Vicky Ward discovered, the story of the GM Building is about much more than real estate.

 

The Liar’s Ball is a story of naked, unregulated capitalism, of the sometimes bloody

free-forall of the free market. It’s a tale of brilliant and enormously ambitious billionaires fighting bare-knuckled to get what they want. And they all wanted the GM Building. Through over 200 interviews with real estate’s best and brightest—Donald Trump, Harry Macklowe, Samuel Zell, Mort Zuckerman and many more—New York Times bestselling author Vicky Ward exposes the lies and schemes and insecurities behind the deals made by some of the world’s biggest egos.

They were the Rat Pack of Wall Street. Four close friends: one a decorated war hero, one an emotional hippie, and two regular guys with big hearts, big dreams, and noble aims. They were going to get rich and prove that men like them—with zero financial training—could more than equal the Ivy League–educated, white-shoe bankers who were the competition. They were going to create an institution for others like them—men who were hungry outsiders— and they were going to win, but not at the cost of their souls.

 

In short, they were going to be the good guys of finance.

 

They were determined to rebuild the broken brand of Lehman Brothers, America’s oldest partnership, which had imploded in 1984 and was consumed by American Express and Shearson. For a decade or so, they drove into the office from the same middle-class town in Long Island at 4 a.m. They became known as the Huntington Mafia and the Ponderosa Boys.

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