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Howard Hughes, Hell's Angel: America's Notorious Bisexual Billionaire. The Secret Life of the U.S. Emperor Hardcover – April 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 814 pages
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions; First Edition ~1st Printing edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974811815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974811819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Darwin Porter, Hughes's attitude toward sex was selfish at best and at its worst, sadistic. -- London's Sunday Express, March 20, 2005

Thanks to Darwin Porter, we'll never be able to look at the old pinups in the same way again. -- The London Times, March 30, 2005

This scandalous new bio of Howard Hughes looks set to bring THE AVIATOR down to earth. -- Ben Widdicombe, NY Daily News, Feb 27, 2005

From the Publisher

Howard Hughes was richer than all but a handful of other billionaires. And for a few years in Hollywood, he wielded something approaching absolute power. Darwin Porter's newest biography is a stormingly good read about the famous and occasionally demented aviator, and about WHAT and WHO money can buy. From Blood Moon Productions: Changing the way America interprets its cinematic past. Nothing else on the market, including THE AVIATOR, tells the truth, or gives even a fraction of what's well-documented within Hell's Angel. THIS BOOK WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books I have read on HH, this is without doubt, the best. There is no doubt that Howard was as intrigued by beautiful men as he was of gorgeous ladies. The author details in almost excruciating detail his exploits to lure and seduce some of Hollywood's most handsome men. He spends many weeks on his yacht with males only, notably one of his great loves, Gary Grant. We must remember that Hughes lived in the era where gay sex was strictly illegal and he was therefore blackmailed on at least three occasions that the author describes.

His technique to ensnare and seduce men, not surprisingly, mirrored his technique with women. Since he was a Hollywood film maker, many young actors were more than willing to drop their drawers for Howard. He would offer to make them 'stars' and you can imagine what the eventual results were.

I recommend anyone to see his cowboy film opus, "The Outlaw". When you see it, you will discover that the 'real' star is Jack Buetel, who Hughes had under exclusive contract for 7 years. During that time, as Jack later revealed to the author, Howard turned Jack into a veritable sex slave. Howard was, let me say, oral in his approach to sex with males, just as he was with women.

I would describe Hughes as basically gay but to be fair to his memory, the author denotes he was bi-sexual. The book is mesmerizing and filled with about 35 years of Hughes sexcapades in Hollywood. Ironically, Howard sort of took over where his father left off.

Finally the real Howard is revealed in this well researched and documented biography.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Wolf on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books written by people who want to believe that everyone is gay. So to get there they come up with fabricated 'evidence', rumor and gossip, and innuendo. Like was once done with Errol Flynn (if you can believe it) and Tom Selleck. Hughes' well documented hetero lifestyle, and the testimony of dozens of people who knew him (this author not being one of them), leaves virtually no doubt that Hughes was as straight as an arrow, at least sexually.
Skip this book. There are infinitely better bios of him around.
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By Boyd Hone on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The only problem with Darwin Porter's 832-page masterpiece--Howard Hughes Hell's Angel--is that it's too short. That many pages alone would hardly cover Howard's business career, let alone his private life, during which he knew, biblically, nearly all the stars in the firmament, boys and girls together. When he was caught in fraternal congress with his very best friend, at age 11, his mom, after cleansing him thoroughly with germ-destroying lye soap (and we know what that led to 50 years later), took it upon herself to relieve his boyish needs, so often that Howard wound up complaining. Later, traveling through Hollywood, he dined with a film director who cleared the restaurant in order to `'acquaint the boy with every erogenous zone in his body.'' The boy was all of 15, already over six-feet tall, gorgeous, and known to be heavenly endowed, as one actress put it. All this takes us to page 55. I've already ordered Porter's soon-to-be-released book on Garbo, and can only hope that it will be 2 times 815 pages.
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