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Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes Paperback – January, 1981
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Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend . . . -- Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Amazon Marketplace in a used copy and had it sent to him. He was delighted! Apparently this book delves into some Hughes scandals that are not well explored elsewhere, including suspicions regarding Hughes death.
Bedridden and basically completely shut off from the outside world in his final years, one is forced to look back and wonder just what this agile, brilliant mind and unique personality could have accomplished without the crushing burden of his mental illness and drug addictions as enabled by the few allowed access to him... one thing is for sure: his illnesses notwithstanding, with competent, CARING aides and professional help he, formerly of strong mind and intelligence, could have faced his demons and won.
The only reason I gave this book a 4 rating was because, while HH was a very eccentric person, the Author seemed to dwell on his idiosyncrasies in way too much detail and on too many occasions! Once or twice was fine, but 7-8 times, Too Much Information.
The Author delves deep into HH's childhood, and his health issues then (Mom inspired I believe), and throughout his life.
There were so many different things that HH and his group were involved in, it was amazing that he could keep up. It's ashamed that HH floated off into mental illness, because he was brilliant.
Read it, you'll enjoy it!
Hughes played an integral role in shaping this country, a role unknown to many of today's younger generations. Donald Barlett and James Steele do an amazing job detailing both his accomplishments and private life. Some of his endeavors are less obvious today than others, such as helping transform Las Vegas into the resort town we know today. Many people are unfamiliar with the Hughes Medical Institute or the creations from the Hughes Aircraft Company. Although the book does show his odd lifestyle behind the darkened windows and closed doors, it is fair in that it also accurately focuses on his important business dealings.
The popular movie "The Aviator" seems to be scripted largely from the first half of this book. To fully appreciate the movie, I recommend reading this particular book first. Not only will it help clarify references that may slip by in the movie, but this book shows that Hughes was much more than a movie producer who flirted with Hollywood's divas of the day. He was a master engineer, expert businessman, and defender of Democracy (he furiously fought Communists). Innovative people like Hughes is what America is all about.