Hughes had always been different. Certainly his riches set him apart, but he was also tough. Orphaned and a millionaire at 18, Hughes repudiated his relatives, seized control of the Hughes Tool Company, the linchpin of his fortune, and went on to become a flamboyant movie producer, holder of many world aviation records, principal owner of Trans World Airlines, a critically important defense contractor, Hollywood's most pursued and elusive bachelor, and partner of the United States government.
This is an epic biography of an epic figure who bestrode the world like a colossus yet could not master himself.
©1979 Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Of all the books written about Howard Hughes, Empire is easily the best...." (New York Times Book Review)
"A remarkable job of investigative reporting....cracks Hughes's public persona as it disentangles the psychodrama of his private doings." (Publishers Weekly)
"[The] most responsible and authoritative biography of Hughes to date."Newsweek)
The book goes on for 30-40 minutes detailing correspondence between Howard's mother and his summer camp leader when Howard was around 7 or 8. "Please make certain Howard has plenty of thick socks for summer activites", "I assure you madame, Howard will have an ample number of socks for the summer", etc., etc. 30 to 40 minutes of this? Seriously? This could have been abridged.
I've read a lot of books on Howard Hughes and this one is an excellent read. Only problem I had was that the narrator seems to have a slight speech problem and it was a little irritating over the many hours of listening.
I enjoyed the Hughes biography, the narration is good, though there were some noticeable spots where words were recorded and inserted instead of rerecording the sentence or paragraph. I learned a lot about Hughes' life, though the book did run a little long.
Mind-numbing amounts of pointless minutia. Paid by the word? Get on with it. Rambling. I'm exhausted listening to it. Details that add nothing to the story.
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