Real estate battles and the moguls like Donald Trump and Harry Macklowe who wage them make Wall Street's takeover wars look tame, said Vicky Ward, author of The Liar's Ball. Ward added that New York's real estate titans play in a far less regulated world than Wall Street's bankers do, and are more willing to fight dirty. She recounts the vicious fight over the crown jewel of New York real estate, the GM Building, in her book, which also examines the rise and fall of tycoon Harry Macklowe. Ward said Macklowe is a charismatic, complicated figure who rolled the dice one too many times.

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