Maurice Smith is a business journalist with 20 years' experience in newspapers and broadcasting. He is the author of Great Scots Families in Business.
Empire, A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal and the Battle for an American Icon,
by Mitchell Pacelle, John Wiley & Sons Inc
The Empire State Buliding has been at the centre of many an intrigue, business battle and worse during its 70-year history. Yet it remains an icon, the ultimate Manhattan skyscraper, attracting thousands of tourists each year.