- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: COLLINS; 1St Edition edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002113651
- ISBN-13: 978-0002113656
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,264,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HOWARD HUGHES Hardcover – Import, 1977
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Phelan's biography concentrates on the darkest chapters of Hughes' life - how his unbelievable wealth allowed him to fight off all medical treatments and exams and instead sequester himself for years at a time in totally secluded hotel rooms in Las Vegas, Canada and South America, suffering in an almost Beckett-esque cyclical daily hell of obsession with minutiae, paperwork and personal hygiene, all the while allowing his immediate surroundings to deteriorate month after month to skid-row-junkie levels of filth - incredibly, with wait staff at his 24-hour beck and call right around the corner. There would be days when Hughes would page his employees & have his soup sent back 40 times to be cooled down or re-heated again, to his exact specifications of temperature, with no questions asked.Read more ›
Relying mainly on the recollections of Hughes' personal assistants during this period of Hughes' self-enforced asylum, Phelan takes the reader through a veritable fun house featuring the many eccentric behaviors of his subject.
How would you like to live your life if you were a well-known, high-powered ladies' man and had a billion dollars? Chances are you wouldn't shrink yourself down to 90 or so pounds on a 6-foot-4 frame and live your life in seclusion, shooting drugs and watching the same movies for nearly two decades.
Hughes -- who had many phobias -- was an island unto himself and if you're looking for his motivation, you won't be able to find it any more successfully than his inner circle, which was kept in the dark by the mysterious, highly connected recluse.
Any writing class will teach you not to write a book about about a "man in a bathtub," that it's tough to hold your readers' attention when not much is going on to the naked eye. Phelan rises to this challenge -- and then some. The book is full of solid information on the Hughes empire, which continued to function through a small cadre of individuals who were only too happy to take Hughes' money, keep their mouths shut and let the old guy waste away in oblivion.
If you are intrigued by the bizarre, this well-written book is for you. If you saw the movie "The Aviator" and want an exposition of the early Hughes, look elsewhere. In short, the book is a perfect illustration of the irony of man who "had it all" and had nothing at the same time.
He decried the "cult of conspiracy" that had grown up around Hughes, and the CIA is mentioned in only two places in the entire place. Despite the fact that Phelan was friendly with Robert Maheu (Hughes' right-hand man who was heavily involved in the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro). Peter Dale Scott has written that it was difficult to delineate where Hughes' companies ended and the CIA began.
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Great read, read this fascinating book in a day, glad to have found it use and priced so well, arrived super fast and very please with purchase.Published on April 6, 2014 by Deborah L. Johnson