I really enjoyed this book. This book follows the lives of the Reichmann family. The book begins in Hungary where the Reichmann's were born and wends its way through Europe, to Morocco and thereafter to Toronto, Canada where the Reichmann's still call home and ultimately the entire world. The book begins in Hungary and gives an in depth history of the Reichmann Brothers parents and Orthodox Judaism. Having not been brought up in this religion or tradition, I found this part of the book fascinating and informative. The family narrowly escapes the Nazis and crosses the ocean to settle in Toronto. The oldest brother, Edward, is already in Montreal and helps Paul, Ralph and Albert start a tile company. As fate would have it, the company grows large enough to build a new warehouse. The brothers are upset at the prices they are quoted to build the warehouse and build it themselves for significantly less than the lowest bid. This seemingly irrelevant circumstance is the beginning of what becomes one of the most intense stories of property development and wealth accumulation in the history of the world. From the experience of building their own warehouse, the brothers purchase land and buildings in Flemingdon Park in Toronto. At this point I must interject and say that, though the brothers are Paul, Albert and Ralph, it seems that the vision, the financial acumen and the genius of the company is all Paul Reichmann. Paul seems to be the one who takes the ideas from inception to completion. And for me the parts of the book that are about Paul are the most fascinating. It is NOT just the vision that Paul Reichmann has, but it is the courage and the conviction to place his entire company on the line SEVERAL times. Ironically, this was also the downfall of the company as Paul made an ENORMOUS bet on Canary Wharf in London that ultimately caused the company, Olympia & York, to implode and declare bankruptcy. After Flemingdon Park, the brothers erect "First Canadian Place" in downtown Toronto. At the time, this is the tallest building in the Toronto skyline. From there, Paul buys the Uris Buildings in recession laden New York City for $320 million dollars. People think he is crazy, but these buildings eventually are valued at ten times what he paid for them. The buildings are used as collateral for his next venture, "The World Financial Center" in the financial district of NYC. The WFC is built on the landfill from the excavation of the "World Trade Center". Each megaproject's story is told in comprehensive detail. The brothers, though ensconced in business, never waiver from their strict Orthodox roots and their charitable contributions to Orthodox Judaism and Orthodox education are legend. There are minor projects all over the US (when talking about the Reichmann's, projects valued in the tens of millions become minor.) This brings us to Canary Wharf, another megaproject that was ultimately the undoing of the family fortune and the company. Strangely, after Canary Wharf was placed in receivership, it went on to become successful and Paul Reichmann ultimately participated in its success. So it turns out that his timing was off and had the banks given him some leeway, it seems the company could have stayed intact. I apologize for the oversimplification, but I would have to write another book just to explain what has happened since then. Paul Reichmann is approaching 80 years old. He is apparently still involved in many aspects of business. This story does justice to a financial genius of the highest order and it can give some insight into his thought process. Yes, he faltered and perhaps it was his own hubris that helped bring O&Y down, but just to get to this level requires focus and intelligence on an almost unimaginable scale. This is fun reading and it almost has an air of unreality as the projects get bigger and bigger and the stakes larger and larger. Someday I'd love to see a book exclusively about Paul Reichmann, one that would try to capture how he thinks and WHAT he was thinking when these projects were being built. I think this would be valuable to any student of business and finance.