Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue

Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue

by Geoff Schumacher


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Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue by Geoff Schumacher

One of the most famous and enigmatic Americans of the twentieth century, Howard Hughes challenged Hollywood's conventions and packed theaters with his blockbuster films Hell's Angels, Scarface and The Outlaw. He thrilled the world with his aviation exploits, shattering air speed records, flying around the world in record time and building the world's largest aircraft. Hughes was linked with almost every major film beauty of the 1930s and '40s, making him a favorite subject of the nation's gossip columns. One of the world's first billionaires, Hughes transformed his father's small fortune into a vast business empire.But for all his celebrated achievements, Hughes' later years in Las Vegas - when drug addiction, bizarre behavior and a casino buying spree dominated his days - continue to draw the public's fascination. Geoff Schumacher, a veteran journalist and the author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas, delves into the Las Vegas years of Howard Hughes in this engrossing portrait of a man whose impact on the city is still being felt today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932173598
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
Publication date: 02/01/2008
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.55(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Geoff Schumacher grew up in Southern Nevada and has been a reporter, columnist and editor in Las Vegas for nineteen years. Currently, Schumacher is the director of community publications, and a weekly columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is also the author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Hughes-Vegas connection     11
Acknowledgments     15
Before Las Vegas: A Howard Hughes primer     17
Early Las Vegas: Hughes' safe haven     29
Bob Maheu, Part 1: Rise of the alter ego     41
Outside Looking In: What Las Vegas saw     51
The Penthouse: In the hermit's kingdom     67
The Landmark: The hard luck hotel     73
The Palace Coup: The manipulation of Howard Hughes     81
The Governors: Dealing with Hughes     89
Jack Real: Hughes' last friend     95
Bob Maheu, Part 2: Aftermath of the palace coup     105
Hank Greenspun: Media friend, media foe     115
Paul Winn: Secretary to Hughes     125
John Meier: Politics, paranoia, and the mining scam     135
Clifford Irving: The hoax and the interview     145
Channel 8: Hughes' movie source     157
Melvin Dummar: Good Samaritan or teller of tales?     163
The Estate: Will and the wills     185
Legacies: Hughes in hindsight     195
Uncle Rupert: The renaissance man     205
RKO Pictures: How to wreck a movie studio     215
Jane Russell: 'Two good reasons to see The Outlaw'     221
Terry Moore: Hughes' secret wife?     229
Perspectives: Jimmy, Ralph, and Louella on Hughes     239
Weird Tales: Obscure books about Hughes     247
The Fictional Hughes: Movies, novels, and beyond     261
Hughes on Display: He's everywhere in Las Vegas     273
Afterword: Haunted by Hughes     275
Bibliography     285
Index     287

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