The Empire State Building, a construction feat that to this day invokes awe and wonder, began as a contest between two industrial moguls who craved the status of constructing the tallest building in the world. The building was the center of a "race to the skies" competition between Walter Chrysler, of the Chrysler Corporation, and John Jakob Raskob, creator of General Motors, and coincided with the onset of one of the worst economic downturns in American history � the Great Depression. Thirteen Months to Go encompasses the optimism and potential of 1920s New York. It is a wonderful tribute to the perseverance of New Yorkers and an amazing story of fortitude and ambition. 150 photographs are featured.