Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393326024
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 687
Sales rank: 163,242
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface11
Acknowledgments15
Prologue: Death in Mexico19
1The Early Years26
The Family26
The Rock Eater32
Mother38
Tragedy45
Power Play53
2Hollywood60
The Legend Begins60
Celebrities and Censors69
3Hero75
Young Man in a Hurry75
Record Breaker81
Race Around the World88
4The War Years105
The "Hate Hughes Club"105
Strange Bedfellows113
The Flying Boat118
"An Awful Smell"125
5The Senate Investigation135
The XF-11 Crash135
Circus on the Potomac145
Surprise Flight156
6Movies, Missiles, and Communists161
The RKO Takeover161
Turnabout170
The Red Menace178
7Revolt at Culver City186
"A Hell of a Mess"186
Another Bosom Brouhaha195
The Counterfeit Charity198
Political Insurance202
8Seeds of Disaster208
The Rise of the Mormons208
The $400-Million Order215
Where Is the Money?223
9Breakdown226
Mysterious Marriage226
Crisis230
Asylum235
Showdown with Wall Street240
10Retreat250
TWA v. Hughes250
The Germ War260
Manhunt266
The Victor and the Spoils270
11A New Career276
The Guest Who Overstayed276
Maheu's Old Friend281
April Fool's Day287
12Lord of the Desert296
Las Vegas on $178,000 a Day296
The Public-Relations Blitz303
Masterplan308
Warning from Washington311
13Out of Control317
A Rival317
The Emperor's Lieutenants324
A Grave Conspiracy330
A Nose for News335
Boxcar339
14The $90-Million Mistake348
Helicopters348
The Lobbying Coup352
The "Buy-in"359
15The Billion-Dollar Deal365
Merely a Millionaire365
Cornering a Market368
A Hughes Lesson375
16The Hijacking of Air West381
"Air Worst"381
Squeeze Play386
Washington's Rubber Stamp392
17Gold Fever398
"Comstock Shares Showed Moderate Gains"398
A Parade of Prospectors402
A Pig in a Poke?405
The President's Brother410
The Sting414
18Turning Point423
Rumblings423
Ouster430
The Empire Changes Hands440
19The Political Connection448
"I Can Buy Any Man in the World"448
The Secret Investment454
The Secret Mission and Secret Alliance457
20Life in Exile467
Hoax467
The $350-Million Giveaway476
Invalid485
21Watergate494
Under Fire494
The Hughes Connection500
The Well-Wired Source509
22Hughesgate517
"The Bastille"517
The Million-Dollar Burglary522
23The Cia's Best-Kept Secret534
Project Jennifer534
The Mell Stewart Problem537
Cover Story540
24The Last Year550
The Legacy550
The Last Fight558
The Candyman563
Where Is the Will?569
25The Fight for the Fortune580
Cover-up580
The Mormon Will591
Fallout606
Death by Negligence?614
Epilogue: A Summing Up622
Chronology629
Appendices633
Sources641
Notes645
Index671

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