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“A story of breadth and depth, scope and flavor . . . A terrifying portrait of power gone berserk.” —Chicago Tribune

“Reveals a Howard Hughes who is far more evil than we might have known before.” —New York Times

“Direct access to the mind of a callous and frightened man.”
Time

“Sensational: one of the best 'truth is stranger than fiction' stories of all time.”
—Liz Smith

“Remarkable . . . the mysterious Howard Hughes is exposed in his own strident memos.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

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Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese movie "The Aviator, Howard Hughes is legendary as a playboy and pilot--but he is notorious for what he became: the ultimate mystery man. "Citizen Hughes is the" New York Times bestselling expose of Hughes's hidden life, and a stunning revelation of his "megalomaniac empire in the emperor's own words" ("Newsweek).
At the height of his wealth, power, and invisibility, the world's richest and most secretive man kept what amounted to a diary. The billionaire commanded his empire by correspondence, scrawling thousands of handwritten memos to unseen henchmen. It was the only time Howard Hughes risked writing down his orders, plans, thoughts, fears, and desires. Hughes claimed the papers were so sensitive--"the very most confidential, almost sacred information as to my innermost activities"--that not even his most trusted aides or executives were allowed to keep the messages he sent them. But in the early-morning hours of June 5, 1974, unknown burglars staged a daring break-in at Hughes's supposedly impregnable headquarters and escaped with all the confidential files. Despite a top-secret FBI investigation and a million-dollar CIA buyback bid, none of the stolen secret papers were ever found--until investigative reporter Michael Drosnin cracked the case.
In "Citizen Hughes, Drosnin reveals the true story of the great Hughes heist--and of the real Howard Hughes. Based on nearly ten thousand never-before-published documents, more than three thousand in Hughes's own handwriting, "Citizen Hughes is far more than a biography, or even an unwilling autobiography. It is a startling record of the secret history of our times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767919343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767919340
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George M. Kozak on January 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read the hard cover version of this book in the 80s. I haven't read the latest paperback version here that has been re-released to capitalize on the Hughes biopic "The Aviator." This book picks up where "The Aviator" leaves off and therefore is primarily concerned with the time Howard Hughes lived as a recluse at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas. It was supposedly derived from thousands of notes written in Hughes' own hand. It is an amazing window into the mind of an eccentric (insane?) but brilliant man. The book is full of other gems as well, including details about how Hughes' people were involved in the CIA plot to kill Castro. The first hand reports of LBJ's cynical and self-serving support of the civil rights movement were especially interesting. I would highly recommend this book, as long as the content hasn't changed from the previous edition.
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Michael Drosnin goes deep into the bowels of the Hughes empire and as a bonus, the deepest pathway into the Washington power elite. (Is there really and honest person in Washington?)Drosnin's technique for skipping back and forth through time was cleverly done through blending the characters names and incidences with subtle reminders. There are many names to remember and in the beginning I thought I may be "screwed" to remember all of them. But this was not the case. This read left me with truly ambivalent feelings for several characters but most of all Hughes. His total waste of his brain power through drugs and isolation and still his remarkable ability to be lucid when demanded of him is insight to the genius he once was. I wish I read this book when it was first published.
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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2004
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A non-stop page turner! Since the seriousness of Drosnin's literary efforts are suspect [given his other works e.g. his bible code books; which should be interpreted for what they are - commercial entertainment - instead of some apocalyptic revelation beyond silliness], I don't know if his "facts" are accurate, but what a great read! Immensely entertaining!
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This book covers the life of Howard Hughes from about 1966 to 1976
when he died (on an airplane). I will not go into all the details of the book
suffice to say,Howard was involved with many things from the privacy of his
decaying,shrouded,mysterious bedroom with it's piles of garbage,jars of urine,
and ultimate loneliness. He was the King of nothing and the King of everything.
Howard was a junkie with TONS of money. Howard was a schemer who used his
$$$ to get what he wanted or used his millions to make things go his way. He lived
his last years in wasted isolation waited on hand and foot by his Mormon guards.
if the reader wants to learn a lot about the last years of Howard's life,this is the one.
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I have read three books about Howard Hughes. I enjoyed this the least. I just cannot understand the man. He was very careless with other people lives, yet would fill a star's room with flowers. Further, if his biographies are to be believed he kept many young would be starlets that he never even met. I really wish someone could have loved him instead of just being next to MR. HUGHES.
I cant understand why when he was so "doped" the aides could not have at least trimmed is hair, beard, and nails. I really believed he was neglected in one way or another all of his life. I can only give this book one star as I enjoyed other books about him more.
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I like the book even though it was written by a person who so obviously did not like Howard Hughes, his snark comments peppered every page, I would like to read a book about H.R.H. unbiased from that period of his life. Jjw211@gmail
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This book is amazing, I'm not a "big reader" but this unauthorized bio of Howard Hughes is great fun, I really enjoyed it.
Authorized or not, this guy is buying casino's and tv stations because he " doesn't like the view", he's buying elections wearing tissue boxes for shoes, this is a great read, and probably not all that inaccurate to the reality.
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Shut away in a hotel room in Las Vegas, with the windows blacked out, and a TV and six aides as his only connection to the outside world, Howard Hughes rules the world, if only in his mind.

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Hughes, who hasn't been seen in public in almost ten years, lives the life of a total recluse, in a "germ free" prison he has built for himself. Naked, only bathing maybe once or twice a year, with hair down to his backside, beard down to his navel, eating maybe once a day at the most, and storing his urine in Mason jars, Hughes writes out memos to his Mormon aides detailing to them, among other things, how to "sterilize" canned fruit to be served to him, despite the fact that his hotel room hasn't been cleaned in years. He also schemes about his plans to make Vegas in his image, including ways to allow people from all over the world to phone in to bookies to place bets and win big.

Howard Hughes, in his final years, lived only for self. He considered himself the perfect man, a megalomaniac who shoots up with enough drugs to kill a horse, and writes out his orders on legal pads instead of picking up a phone or showing up at board meetings in person.

"The Dating Game"

For example, as Hughes is poised to buy the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the deal dies in less than thirty minutes, due to his racist tendencies (out of fear, not hatred). He tunes in to "The Dating Game", to see a black man have to choose a date between what Hughes thought was two black women and one "white" woman. The man chooses the "white" woman, who in fact is not white but is actually a very light skinned black woman. But it doesn't matter to Hughes: out of his bizarre fear, the deal is off.

In conclusion...

A wacky story of a genius who became so afraid of the world that he "tried" to control it through his TV and his henchmen.
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