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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness (udgave 2004)

af Donald L. Barlett (Forfatter)

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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.
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Titel:Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
Forfattere:Donald L. Barlett (Forfatter)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2004), Edition: Reissue, 688 pages
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This book was fascinating, but at times so detailed that it was tedious to read. I would say the detail is simultaneously the books greatest asset and it's greatest liability.

The thing that struck me most about Hughes, who died well before I was born, is that his persona still lives on as a great, eccentric, rich aviator. He was actually a horrible person whose stubbornness and indecision ran nearly every company that he started into the ground and bankrupted businesses that he purchased. He also manipulated the government nearly to the extent that Republicans do today, all so that he could avoid paying taxes and appear to be a "good guy." He wasn't that great of a pilot, he was a horrible businessperson, and he was a terrible human.

I read the 1979 version of this book. I was left curious if the Hughes estate had been settled... apparently in 2010 it finally finished going through rounds and rounds of litigation. His death seemed to bring about the worst in the people who could have had a piece of the pie. ( )
  lemontwist | Sep 5, 2020 |
The authors hate Howard Hughes.

I appreciate the authors' effort to collect all the details about the people and the events related, or not related, to Mr. Hughes. But, please, I don't need so much information. A lot of them are useless for me to understand him. Putting all of them into a big book is just wasting of money and reader's time.

Another thing I hate this book is I don't believe that Howard Hughes was all bad. Why did the author spend more time to discuss how Howard Hughes successfully build his empire? The empire was not remarkable, but still, it was impressive, right? ( )
  zhliu0124 | Aug 7, 2017 |
I think I'll have some blue bombers, a few 8E's, then end the day with a big E. Wow Howard Hughes was totally fucking nuts. ( )
  Stmurdock | Jul 17, 2016 |
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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.

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