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Publisher's Summary

"Howard Hughes would have hated this book...because he never wanted the truth to be told. As the man who knew Hughes best for 17 years and to whom he referred publicly as his alter-ego, I now believe that the entire story has finally been told." (Robert Maheu)

Howard Hughes was a true American original: legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

His desire for privacy was so fierce and his isolation so complete that even now, 25 years after his death, inaccurate stories continue to circulate, and many have been published as fact. Hughes explodes the illusion of his life and exposes the man behind the myth. He was a playboy whose sexual exploits with Hollywood stars were legendary. He was a man without compassion; an entrepreneur without ethics; an explorer without maps; and ultimately, an eccentric trapped by his own insanity, sealed off from reality, who died a lonely and - until now - mysterious death.

Newly uncovered personal letters, over 110,000 pages of sealed court testimony, recently declassified FBI files, never-before-published autopsy reports and exclusive interviews reveal a man so devious in his thinking, so perverse in his desires, and so influential that his impact continues to be felt even today. From entertainment to politics, aviation to espionage, the influence and manipulation of this billionaire has left an indelible and unique mark on the American cultural landscape.

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Critic Reviews

"In the most exciting bio of the year, Hack presents the American dream curdling into the American nightmare, personified in a legend who at last has an accounting worthy of him." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating, captivating listen." (AudioFile)

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Expertly written biography of a intriguing man

The life story of Hughes is like a fictional soap opera itself. This detailed biography really brings things to life. A must read.

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  • Paul
  • ChesterUnited Kingdom
  • 07-25-07

Blah, Blah, Blah

I wanted to understand more about Howard Hughes and had good expectations that this book would enlighten me. However I gave up after Part 1 - it was a long dry litany of names, places and events - no insight or comment upon Hughes life and the man himself. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.

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Drugs n money.

Amazing story. Amazing how one man did what he did. AMAZING the taxes he paid too.

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Through Detail on Howard Hughes

While some might read this because their curiosity was peaked by The Aviator, the actual events of Howard Hughes' life are far more interesting than Scorsese's biopic. Genius, degenerate, innovator, cheapskate, philanthropist and narcissist are words that characterize the eccentric Mr. Hughes. The unbelievable stories of his business life, personal life and his spiraling mental state will stun you. And despite this, his influence can still be seen today with multiple namesake real estate holdings, the work of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and his contributions to aerospace. Mr. Hughes is a one-of-kind human being that certainly didn't change the world a la Edison, Ford, Gates or Jobs, but, his story is arguably among the most interesting of the 20th century.

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Mr. Howard Hughes excites years later!

This is the book that you clung to, knowing how it ends you can't help but to hope it's nicer. Howard Robard Hughes is an odyssey and and never been replicated and never will be. A true enigma of the 20th century.

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Enjoyed it

Loved the book, and the narrator. A very interesting account of Howard Hughes' life, who is shown to be a very complicated person.

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excentrisically interesting

the narrator managed voices very well and kept a pleasing tone and pace which compensated for the sometimes dry material.

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Good book but in the end kind of depressing

I liked the book in general, but I got to the point where I was feeling sorry for the man that had so much going for him. If he would have just had someone that he trusted and would help him through his illness wonder what might have been.

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this book lives up to its publicity

This could well be 'the most exciting bio of the year'. Poor old Howard Hughes, who really had nothing much apart from his looks and his vast fortune, would be turning in his grave to know how much of his private life is now public and how many of his secrets are in the public domain. His strange rituals and habits are morbidly fascinating, but in the end I just felt sorry for him. Life lived and ended almost entirely in one filthy room, filled with drugs and attended by people who cared more about themselves than about him is a terrible way to go.

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Weird Howard Hughes

Money and power don't buy happiness. A sad story about a multimillionaire with a self will which destroyed him and those around him