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Citizen Hughes : The Power, the Money and the Madness
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on November 4, 2017
It'll reading the book
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on December 10, 2017
Good book, seeing the letters was chilling. Had he stayed sane, what could have he accomplished.
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on March 2, 2015
Not a Hughes bio but a fascinating tale of Hughes efforts to influence national politics in the 1960-70's with a super-docunented case for the real reasons for the Watergate break-in. Recommended!
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on January 12, 2007
The movie was exceptionally good. As always the book is better. It really gives you a lot of insight into his life.
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on June 29, 2016
This is a wonderful piece of history and unlikely to be repeated in any other source. It recounts the latest years of Hughes' life, mostly those years when he was already confined into seclusion. As a historical source it also contributes quite a bit to some of the background of Watergate and other aspects of the Nixon years.

I gave this a five because it is written in a riveting manner, represents hours of research, and is unique in its historical coverage. It has made me want to read and learn more about Nixon himself and also more about Hughes as a younger man.
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on April 16, 2016
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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on April 26, 2015
Hands down the best book ever written on HH. This is the book that should be made into a movie. This is one of the best books Ive ever read and its supposedly a true story. Cant say enough good things about this book. you will learn things here that you wont read anywhere else. If your interested in HH...the 60's and 70's and his real business dealings , you will love this book. Shame its not on kindle.
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on September 13, 2016
Everybody should read this book and you will understand the world better today
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on February 15, 2014
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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on May 26, 2005
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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