New York City boasts one of the most famous skylines in the world and the Empire State Building is undeniably the focal point of this incredible view. At 102 stories the structure was no small feat. In fact its construction coincided with the onset of the Great Depression and so progress was met with numerous setbacks. Still because of the efficiency that went into the building’s development it only took a year and forty-five days to complete! In this informative easy-to-read account Janet B. Pascal describes the rise of skyscrapers in the United States the intricacies of the groundbreaking construction process and the effect the iconic Empire State Building continues to have today.