Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness of the Man Portrayed in the Movie The Aviator

Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness of the Man Portrayed in the Movie The Aviator

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by Michael Drosnin
     
 

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Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese movie The Aviator, Howard Hughes is legendary as a playboy and pilot—but he is notorious for what he became: the ultimate mystery man. Citizen Hughes is the New York Times bestselling exposé of Hughes’s hidden life, and a stunning revelation of his “megalomaniac empire in

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Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese movie The Aviator, Howard Hughes is legendary as a playboy and pilot—but he is notorious for what he became: the ultimate mystery man. Citizen Hughes is the New York Times bestselling exposé of Hughes’s hidden life, and a stunning revelation of his “megalomaniac empire in the emperor’s own words” (Newsweek).

At the height of his wealth, power, and invisibility, the world’s richest and most secretive man kept what amounted to a diary. The billionaire commanded his empire by correspondence, scrawling thousands of handwritten memos to unseen henchmen. It was the only time Howard Hughes risked writing down his orders, plans, thoughts, fears, and desires. Hughes claimed the papers were so sensitive—“the very most confidential, almost sacred information as to my innermost activities”—that not even his most trusted aides or executives were allowed to keep the messages he sent them. But in the early-morning hours of June 5, 1974, unknown burglars staged a daring break-in at Hughes’s supposedly impregnable headquarters and escaped with all the confidential files. Despite a top-secret FBI investigation and a million-dollar CIA buyback bid, none of the stolen secret papers were ever found—until investigative reporter Michael Drosnin cracked the case.
In Citizen Hughes, Drosnin reveals the true story of the great Hughes heist—and of the real Howard Hughes. Based on nearly ten thousand never-before-published documents, more than three thousand in Hughes’s own handwriting, Citizen Hughes is far more than a biography, or even an unwilling autobiography. It is a startling record of the secret history of our times.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A story of breadth and depth, scope and flavor . . . A terrifying portrait of power gone berserk.” —Chicago Tribune

“Reveals a Howard Hughes who is far more evil than we might have known before.” —New York Times

“Direct access to the mind of a callous and frightened man.”
Time

“Sensational: one of the best 'truth is stranger than fiction' stories of all time.”
—Liz Smith

“Remarkable . . . the mysterious Howard Hughes is exposed in his own strident memos.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307482990
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
12/24/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
260,742
File size:
16 MB
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Meet the Author

MICHAEL DROSNIN, a former reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, is also the author of two other New York Times bestsellers, The Bible Code and Bible Code II: The Countdown. He spent seven years researching and writing this classic account of power gone mad. Drosnin lives and works in New York.


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Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness of the Man Portrayed in the Movie The Aviator 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
A Good Book But Not The Complete Story. This book is well researched and certainly stays true to the claim on the front cover. Howard Hughes was wealthy and mad and did try to buy the US government. It is also a story told in his own words using the many memos that he wrote in his final years on the legal sized yellow tablets he never without. Unfortunately that's were the problem lays. Because the book uses the memos as it's main source it only covers a short span in his life. The years he spent in seclusion in Las Vegas hiding from the world. There are no inside tales about the Spruce Goose or any of his aviation triumphs and the Hollywood starlets are long gone by the time this book begins and instead we are left with a man who has succumbed to his obsessive behavior and paranoia as he bickers with his right hand man trying to change the world around him and failing. This makes for good enough reading but I felt that there were many parts of his life omitted because of the writers want to focus solely on the memos and skimming over other major events in Hughes final years such as his divorce and losing control of his empire. This book is really just a companion piece to a much larger and in depth bio on this American icon and should be approached as such.
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I've read this book . . . twice!!! More recently, before watching the excellent movie, 'The Aviator.' I found the movie and the book very supportive of the other. The book makes one shudder to think of the wheeling and dealing that takes place in secret that we never learn about.