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Hughes, the Private Diaries, Memos, and Letters

The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire
Hack, Richard (Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hughes, the Private Diaries, Memos, and Letters
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Sporting a somewhat mysterious subtitle, as billionaire recluse Howard Hughes seems not to have kept any diaries, this biography tells the story of the man who built a huge economic empire and carried on affairs with numerous starlets, only to grow increasingly mentally unstable in his older years. Journalist Hack relies on letters, declassified F.B.I. files, memos, and the recollections of Hughes business partner, Robert Maheu, whose autobiography was cowritten with Hack. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Authors: Hack, Richard
Title: Hughes, the private diaries, memos, and letters
the definitive biography of the first American billionaire
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : New Millennium Press, c2001
Characteristics: xii, 444 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 189322435X
Branch Call Number: 921 Hughe
Statement of Responsibility: by Richard Hack
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Millionaires Businesspeople Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976
Topical Term: Millionaires
Businesspeople
LCCN: 2001044344
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Apr 13, 2014
  • pdxsean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'd heard of Hughes growing up, and I saw "The Aviator" and of course being in Oregon knew of the Spruce Goose. But I had no idea of just how fascinating and tragic his life really was. Simultaneously an amazing genius and despicable creep, his descent into paranoid madness is a fascinating tale. No doubt he'd have been a real jerk even without the mental problems, but seeing the big picture of his incredible life is well worth the read.

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