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Overview

Howard Hughes was one of the most amazing, intriguing, and controversial figures of the twentieth century. He was the billionaire head of a giant corporation, a genius inventor, an ace pilot, a matinee-idol-handsome playboy, a major movie-maker who bedded a long list of Hollywood glamour queens, a sexual sultan with a harem of teenage consorts, a political influencer with intimate ties to Watergate, a Las Vegas kingpin, and ultimately a bizarre recluse whose final years and shocking death were cloaked in macabre mystery. Until now, few people have been able to penetrate the wall of secrecy that concealed this complex man. In this fascinating, revelation-packed biography, the full story of one of the most daring, enigmatic, and reclusive power brokers America has ever known is finally told. Drawing on nearly 400,000 pages of recently unsealed court documents, over 2,000 pages of secret FBI reports, and more than 600 new interviews, Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske show us Howard Hughes as never before. They expose the truth about his affairs with actresses such as the incendiary Jean Harlow, soul mate Katharine Hepburn, and earthy Ava Gardner. They reveal the reasons Ginger Rogers wouldn't marry him and why Rita Hayworth aborted his child. His emotionally incestuous ties to his beautiful mother, his cruel rejection of his Southern-belle first wife, and his tortured marriage to Jean Peters are fully detailed, as are his breakdowns and recoveries, disappearing acts and disguises. And Howard Hughes: The Untold Story calls into question the accepted account of his death and shows why even today, his legend continues to grip the world's imagination.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The eccentric magnate's love life and other secret doings. May
Library Journal
With at least eight biographies of Hughes still in print, folks may wonder how much more there is to tell about the enigmatic billionaire. Brown (Marilyn, Dutton, 1992) here focuses on his subject's personal life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525937852
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Harry Brown is, with Pat H. Broeske, the author of Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley. He is a journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller Marilyn: The Last Take. Formerly with the Los Angeles Times, Pat H. Broeske is a veteran entertainment reporter who writes for Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. Like Brown, Broeske lives in southern California.
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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    The book is a good read but it is not as indepth as some other b

    The book is a good read but it is not as indepth as some other bios out there. Most of it takes place during Hughes hey-days of the 1930's - 1960's and the writers paint their picture of Hughes through interviews wiht the many people that knew him or worked with him. THey do make a point of of the fact that Hughes was not the crazy eccentric of popular culture and instead try to explain some of his stranger behavior brought on by the pressures of the federal goverment (Who were after him) and his deafness (which is why he met with people one on one or in hte enclosed space of an auto.) Some of his actions just can't be reationalized though and the writers do not ignore this. The book gets a little gossipy at times because Hughes craossed so many people including family members and the upper management of his many business ventures but i didn't leve the book felling Hughes as bad a person as other bios have made him out to be. There are many books out there about Howard Hughes and most of them are forgettable but I'd place this bio in the top fo the list. Well worth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    excellent reading

    The authors definitely went through alot of research to put this book together. From start to finish there was not one uninteresting sentence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    A must for anyone who's interested in Howard Hughes!

    I saw the movie 'The Aviator' a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it. I thought the movie didn't cover nearly as much of his life, so I picked up this book at my library. The book was so interesting I couldn't put it down. Howard Hughes is a relatively modern-day Florentino Ariza from 'Love in the Time of Cholera'. I do have one qualm with the book, it flipped back and forth through the years instead of writing continuously from year to year. Great read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    HARD TO PUT THIS ONE DOWN

    THIS BOOK WAS THOUROUGHLY INTERESTING FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. THIS BOOK OFFERS A CLEAR INSIGHT FROM THE BOY GRWOWING UP TO THE MAN THE COUNTRY THOUGHT THEY KNEW. IT MANAGES TO GO INSIDE HIS LIFE OF WOMEN AND BUSINESS TO HIS ECCENTRICITIES. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER HAD ANY CURIOUSITY ABOUT HOWARD HUGHES.

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