Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

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The life that inspired the major motion picture The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.
Howard Hughes has always fascinated the public with his mixture of secrecy, dashing lifestyle, and reclusiveness. This is the book that breaks through the image to get at the man. Originally published under the title Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes.

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Overview

The life that inspired the major motion picture The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.
Howard Hughes has always fascinated the public with his mixture of secrecy, dashing lifestyle, and reclusiveness. This is the book that breaks through the image to get at the man. Originally published under the title Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes.

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Editorial Reviews

Nation
Donald Barlett and James Steele of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the finest team of reporters west of The Times of London, herewith present the perfect biography of the weirdest, most fascinating, most god-awful corporate creature you will ever encounter in broad daylight.— Robert Sherrill
Newsweek
[The authors] have made an impressive use of documents to fashion this longest, most responsible and authoritative biography of Hughes to date.— Peter S. Prescott
Chicago Sun-Times
Now the full story of the life and death of Howard Hughes has been published, told not as cheap gossip but as a dazzlingly reported, hard-nosed account...[A] fat, beautifully researched book.— John Justin Smith
John Barkham Reviews
“By far the soundest, fairest and fullest book we have on the bizarre billionaire who commanded the fortunes of Croesus yet could not command himself. It is the story of a man who had everything—and nothing.”
New York Times Book Review
Of all the books written about Howard Hughes, [this] is easily the best...the first fully documented, crade-to-grave account of a unique American life.— Ted Morgan
Robert Sherrill - Nation
“Donald Barlett and James Steele of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the finest team of reporters west of The Times of London, herewith present the perfect biography of the weirdest, most fascinating, most god-awful corporate creature you will ever encounter in broad daylight.”
Peter S. Prescott - Newsweek
“[The authors] have made an impressive use of documents to fashion this longest, most responsible and authoritative biography of Hughes to date.”
John Justin Smith - Chicago Sun-Times
“Now the full story of the life and death of Howard Hughes has been published, told not as cheap gossip but as a dazzlingly reported, hard-nosed account...[A] fat, beautifully researched book.”
Ted Morgan - New York Times Book Review
“Of all the books written about Howard Hughes, [this] is easily the best...the first fully documented, crade-to-grave account of a unique American life.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326024
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 687
  • Sales rank: 183,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Time editors-at-large, are the only journalists in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards.

James B. Steele and Donald L. Barlett, Time editors-at-large, are the only journalists in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Acknowledgments 15
Prologue: Death in Mexico 19
1 The Early Years 26
The Family 26
The Rock Eater 32
Mother 38
Tragedy 45
Power Play 53
2 Hollywood 60
The Legend Begins 60
Celebrities and Censors 69
3 Hero 75
Young Man in a Hurry 75
Record Breaker 81
Race Around the World 88
4 The War Years 105
The "Hate Hughes Club" 105
Strange Bedfellows 113
The Flying Boat 118
"An Awful Smell" 125
5 The Senate Investigation 135
The XF-11 Crash 135
Circus on the Potomac 145
Surprise Flight 156
6 Movies, Missiles, and Communists 161
The RKO Takeover 161
Turnabout 170
The Red Menace 178
7 Revolt at Culver City 186
"A Hell of a Mess" 186
Another Bosom Brouhaha 195
The Counterfeit Charity 198
Political Insurance 202
8 Seeds of Disaster 208
The Rise of the Mormons 208
The $400-Million Order 215
Where Is the Money? 223
9 Breakdown 226
Mysterious Marriage 226
Crisis 230
Asylum 235
Showdown with Wall Street 240
10 Retreat 250
TWA v. Hughes 250
The Germ War 260
Manhunt 266
The Victor and the Spoils 270
11 A New Career 276
The Guest Who Overstayed 276
Maheu's Old Friend 281
April Fool's Day 287
12 Lord of the Desert 296
Las Vegas on $178,000 a Day 296
The Public-Relations Blitz 303
Masterplan 308
Warning from Washington 311
13 Out of Control 317
A Rival 317
The Emperor's Lieutenants 324
A Grave Conspiracy 330
A Nose for News 335
Boxcar 339
14 The $90-Million Mistake 348
Helicopters 348
The Lobbying Coup 352
The "Buy-in" 359
15 The Billion-Dollar Deal 365
Merely a Millionaire 365
Cornering a Market 368
A Hughes Lesson 375
16 The Hijacking of Air West 381
"Air Worst" 381
Squeeze Play 386
Washington's Rubber Stamp 392
17 Gold Fever 398
"Comstock Shares Showed Moderate Gains" 398
A Parade of Prospectors 402
A Pig in a Poke? 405
The President's Brother 410
The Sting 414
18 Turning Point 423
Rumblings 423
Ouster 430
The Empire Changes Hands 440
19 The Political Connection 448
"I Can Buy Any Man in the World" 448
The Secret Investment 454
The Secret Mission and Secret Alliance 457
20 Life in Exile 467
Hoax 467
The $350-Million Giveaway 476
Invalid 485
21 Watergate 494
Under Fire 494
The Hughes Connection 500
The Well-Wired Source 509
22 Hughesgate 517
"The Bastille" 517
The Million-Dollar Burglary 522
23 The Cia's Best-Kept Secret 534
Project Jennifer 534
The Mell Stewart Problem 537
Cover Story 540
24 The Last Year 550
The Legacy 550
The Last Fight 558
The Candyman 563
Where Is the Will? 569
25 The Fight for the Fortune 580
Cover-up 580
The Mormon Will 591
Fallout 606
Death by Negligence? 614
Epilogue: A Summing Up 622
Chronology 629
Appendices 633
Sources 641
Notes 645
Index 671
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