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Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes Paperback – January, 1981
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"Empire" traces the rise and tragic fall of Howard Hughes; a man who wore many hats, he was an aviator, Hollywood movie producer, Las Vegas hotel/casino owner ... and a recluse. For one brief shining moment, Hughes was considered one of America's premier aviators, breaking flying records, but then falling out of grace with government and the aviation industry for breaking contract deadlines. In the long run, Howard Hughes would become a grand failure in the world of big business.
Bartlett and Steel show the reader a man who had everything to live for, good looks, fame, fortune, power and prestige, but he was unable to triumph over his social and physical phobias that led to psychological, emotional, and physical illnesses and to his final descent into the dwellings of the insane. Hughes' deep mistrust of all people-even family, worked against him and led to his demise and the lose of his billion dollar empire by the very people whose job it was to safeguard him and his empire.
By the time I finished reading "Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes, I was much more accepting of my status as a non wealthy individual. Although Howard Hughes had everything a man could possibly wish for, he was underprivileged in peace of mind.... The authors do a superb job in separating fact from myth in the life of Howard Hughes. The book is worth reading.
This book is well written, from his days as a youth to his germ phobic self imposed exile.
I read this book when it was on the Best Sellers list. Howard Hughes was the subject of one of my papers for a psychology class and this book was my main source.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very intrigued with Howard Hughes's life and got exactly what I asked for....I soaked up every word until I realized I was reading a book about a
very disturbed man... Read more
Donald L. Bartlett's "Howard Hughes - His Life and Madness" captures everything you would want to know about this one man's strange life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karly Rose
A richly detailed, highly recommended work. As we progress through the Las Vegas years and beyond, where HRH was basically a total shut-in recluse save a few rare meetings with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wade Meyers
I can only echo what others have noted. This is the éminence grise of the list of biographies now covering Hughes life but feels not at all dated. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pamela Grim
If you want to read the real life story of Hughes - this is the book for you.Published 23 months ago by RichZ
This was a gift for my Husband and he's really enjoying reading it.Published on July 14, 2014 by Mindy E Atkinson
My husband and I both worked for Hughes and have always been intregued by Howard, so we both enjoyed this very much.Published on January 5, 2013 by Nancy S. Antista