Legendary sums of money . . . corrupt political power . . . outrageous germ phobia . . . sexual kinkiness. The life of Texas oil tycoon Howard Hughes illustrated all that and more. Pioneering inventor, record-breaking aviator, Oscar-winning moviemaker, he bought not only the favors of dozens of Hollywood stars but those of U.S. presidents. In his twilight years he became a ...
Legendary sums of money . . . corrupt political power . . . outrageous germ phobia . . . sexual kinkiness. The life of Texas oil tycoon Howard Hughes illustrated all that and more. Pioneering inventor, record-breaking aviator, Oscar-winning moviemaker, he bought not only the favors of dozens of Hollywood stars but those of U.S. presidents.
In his twilight years he became a recluse – some suspected that he had died and his business associates had stolen his billions. Enter author and adventurer Clifford Irving. “I’ve known Howard since I was a boy,” he told his publisher, “and he’s alive, and wants me to help him write the story of his life. It’s going to be more shocking than anyone could have foreseen.”
The book was called a hoax, but many believe that President Richard Nixon’s fear of the truth in the manuscript caused him to order the doomed burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate. For what he had done, Clifford Irving was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison.
Except for a private 1998 edition (selling for $350 and up when a copy surfaces), this is the first publication of the Hughes Autobiography in the United States.
“There’s no doubt about it. This is the authentic voice of Howard Hughes. It’s unique, it can’t be duplicated. This is his autobiography.” — Frank McCulloch, Bureau Chief, Time
“It’s the most exciting and revelatory first-person story that Life will ever have published. It’s fantastic.”— Ralph Graves, Managing Editor, Life
“It’s almost impossible to know where fact leaves off and fiction begins, if indeed that distinction should be made. This is a hypnotizing narrative, a brilliant study of money’s power to corrupt absolutely. It’s a crime not to publish it.” — Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
“The most daring literary caper of all time.” — Newsweek
Clifford Irving is the author of 20 published books, among them New York Times best-sellers Fake!, Trial, and Final Argument. Richard Gere starred as Clifford in the movie version of Hoax, the story of Clifford’s most famous book, the Autobiography of Howard Hughes, which forced the billionaire out of seclusion, caused the downfall of Richard Nixon, and earned the writer 16 months in three federal prisons.
The L.A. Times called Clifford Irving “a master,” and Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) lauded Irving’s The Angel of Zin as “absolutely compelling, a totally engrossing thriller.”
This February 2012, as a birthday present, his computer-savvy son, Josh, has created a unique event – 12 of Clifford’s works, published and unpublished, will be available simultaneously in eBook form, at remarkably low prices.
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They include Clifford’s thrilling prison journal, Jailing, excerpted in Playboy but withheld in full until now;
I Remember Amnesia, a new courtroom novel set in dangerous, glitzy East Hampton; Fake!, the sophisticated true tale of the most prolific art forger of the 20th century (think forged Picasso, Modigliani, and Matisse in top museums); best-sellers Trial and Final Argument,
and, of course, the amazing Autobiography of Howard Hughes, never published in the USA except by a private printing rare enough to sell in hardback for $350, when you can find one.
These are bargain-priced, can’t-put-down reads by the famous writer the New York Times Book Review praised as “a born storyteller.”