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

by Michael Drosnin

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ISBN-13: 9780767919340
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/02/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 807,504
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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.