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Originally published under the title Empire The Life Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes. As another reviewer pointed out this book is incredibly detailed and painstakingly researched The author has taken great care mapping out the entirety of the Hughes empire including his ties to a who's who of Hollywood politics the mob and beyond If you have the patience for it this is a fascinating read The sheer magnitude of HRH's influence even when he had become a virtual prisoner of his own design is mind boggling True there is a staggering amount of information to digest but such is the life of billionaire industrialists Whatever his eccentricities Hughes accomplished in one life than most could ever dream It is worth wondering what he may have been capable of had his addictions and mental instability been kept at bay

Summary Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

Howard Hughes His Life and MadnessHoward Hughes has always fascinated the public with his mixture of secrecy dashing lifes. You know the Simpsons episode where Monty Burns runs a casino and lives in his room afeared of Freemason spruiking germs and wearing Kleenex boxes on his feet Like thisWell that's basically the story of Howard Hughes except Hughes isn't wearing any pyjamas Oh and he's jacking enough codeine and Valium to kill the average person No biggie The book is exceptionally well researched coming from a journalistic background it'd be a surprise if this wasn't the case I suppose but to the point where it can become a little bogged down in detail Charting his decline from rich weirdo to rich OCD addict inmate the book is its most verbose about the point where Hughes had lost control of his empire I assume this is because a lot of the business proceedings at that point were on public record It's illuminating but at the same time almost overwhelming to receive so much information when the book may have been able to have been snipped down a fair whack to allow it to flow in the same way as the earlier chapters detailing Hughes' life up until the 'Spruce Goose' phase did I thought I knew a lot about Hughes given my childhood background as an aviation nerd but there's so much in here Central is the removal of the concept of Hughes as a genius his mastery of PR and spin was only outpaced by the lengths to which his handlers would go to sate his OCD and paranoia driven desires In the end we're presented with the sad picture of a failed industrialist Miss Havisham rotting away on drugs while his Mormon handlers proclaim business as usual

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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness Free read ´ 102 ë 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 HughesTyle and reclusiveness This is the book that breaks through the image to get at the man. I don't usually read biographies or autobiographies unless I am a fan of the person or if it is highly recommended This was neither to me I only started reading it because I saw it in the library's returns pile and I was in a reading slump with no idea what I wanted to read Despite that I'm glad I picked it up because it was one of the most interesting biographies I've read in a while