I was riveted by this fascinating insight into this strange and complicated man. The title says it all as the story proved extemely well researched and equally compelling.
I have always been fascinated by Hughes and his life and this biography was behind-the-scenes factual as well as entertaining.
Who can resist a story of such an enormously wealthy man mixed with a descent into madness?
Howard Hughes lead a life of nutty and/or brilliant behaviors--performed over and over again. But he never had the personal growth or relationships that make for a compelling biography.
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Hughes. I think it was a balanced account, and the author did a good job. We get to hear about both good and bad sides of Hughes and the people around him. There is a lot of details, and I really wonder how on earth the author knows about some of them. He describes a can on a lawn and how that can ended up under some bushes and remained there for many months. One can't help wondering how the author knows about this, and the question then arises about so many other details - are they true or invented for the sake of art? The book tended to focus on the private life of Huhges - the women, the flying and so on, and I would have liked to hear a little bit more about the business side. All in all, a good read and well worth it.
I read nothing that is popular.
All great minds has its downfalls. Howard Hughes was his obsessions and paranoia of his own self. The book goes into great detail of Hughes' riches and businesses in planes, films, monopoly of Vegas, Mormon staffs, his consistence womanizing and his hatred of paying taxes. If you want to find out more of business side of Hughes' estate, there is plenty of information out there. If you want to find out more about his corks, paranoia and isolation from everyone and everything, this title is a must read.
Hughes' ego and arrogance has to be the best of his personality and his downfall was the obsessions, depressions, addiction to prescription drugs and probably every mental illness in the book.
For example a manual of how to open a can of peaches and so on.
Even after his death, his Will was being question for its accuracy. Such as Mormon Will and others coming out from the wood work. .
You have to think highly of the man and his mind for modern day invention that we use everyday. These type of corks and kinks and even mental illness, is common to great thinkers of the world, such as Bill Gates and his Aspergers, and others with their obsessions. I have to believe, these people are wired differently from the norm. They were born to invent outside of the drawing board.
This biography is very complete and flow smoothly as you listen to the narration.
The author spare no detail on Hughes personal side and his deterioration of his health, due to his manic behaviors. I'm looking for a complete biography, like this one, on William Randolph Hearst.
Outstanding and very interesting - what a nut Howard turned out to be. Very good and enjoyed the entire book
Dan Cashman is a great voice actor/narrator...which is important if you will be listening to his voice for 18 hours. Occasionally the book is bogged down in detail related to legal proceedings and financial transactions. However, the inclusion of such detail is often employed effectively in illustrating the effect of Hughes' obsessiveness. Interesting until the end!
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
This is an interesting look into the life of Hughes. Personally, I did not finish it all, as some of the life choices that Hughes made, were catastrophic and frankly, upsetting. I found the information content very robust, and this book is well researched. The book itself is amazing - the life choices of Hughes, monstrous and sad. If you are easily offended by reckless social choices, then this book may not be your best bet. However, if you are simply wanting a very good insight into his life, then this is a winner.
...Howard Hughes would have liked that ;-)
It's well written and the narrater has a nice voice. But the author should have mentioned the year and HRH's age more often. He also should have given more backround stories regarding the "girlfriends" - 50 female names and most of them only mentioned twice makes it hard to follow who is who and when the relationship took place. Othern than that the author did a good job describing the strange but exciting world of HRH.
Teacher - Autistic Children
There is not much to say. Every penny I spent was worth it. I literally stopped my life for two days listening to the real life story of Howard Hughes.
I felt as if the authors place me in the mind of the most incredible, corruptible, business tycoon to ever be born on this earth. There will never...and I use the word NEVER...because of all the autobiographies I have read, be another Howard Hughes. If the last ten years of his life were not so sad, I would have laughed until I cried.
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This is an awesome book and a must read for all who love biographies. Huges' (also known as the eccentric billionaire) life is thoroughly interesting and keeps one totally on their toes. The story goes on to show how, inspite of being one of the most wealthy people in the world, one cannot buy happiness and peace of mind. Huges' life is amazinly eventful and he was always upto something in life, from getting the most beautiful women to being the biggest private landlord in Nevada. It is tragic to see the end has had. Must read for everyone.