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Howard Hughes: The Untold Story
Peter Harry Brown
0306813920
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Surely there are few untold stories about Hughes, the brilliant inventor and shrewd businessman who pioneered commercial aviation, became the only individual ever to personally own a movie studio, led Trans World Airlines to become the preeminent international air carrier, womanized his way across the tabloid headlines of the 1920s and '30s, and descended into frightful paranoia and drug addiction in his old age. Authors Broeske and Brown concentrate on the womanizing in this entertaining biography, which chronicles Hughes' affair with Katharine Hepburn, among many others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
With at least eight biographies of Hughes still in print, folks may wonder how much more there is to tell about...


Howard Hughes: Aviator
George J. Marrett
1591145104
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Marrett was an experimental test pilot for the Hughes Aircraft Company for 20 years, and before that he flew 188 combat missions for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. This scrupulously researched book begins by recounting Hughes' early flying years (his first flight took place in 1920, when he was 14) and continues with his work in developing aircraft during World War II and the postwar era, the growth of Hughes Aircraft, the early age of jets, and his famous flight in the Spruce Goose. Marrett tells how Hughes became a billionaire and relates his later calamitous years in Las Vegas, where, because of his desire for isolation, he became a recluse. Marrett also recounts Hughes' successful work as a film producer and his relationships with actresses, some of the most famous stars of the 1920s and 1930s. With...


Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
Donald L. Barlett
0393326020
September 2004
Paperback
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Robert Sherrill, Nation
The perfect biography of the weirdest, most fascinating, most god-awful corporate creature you will ever encounter in broad daylight.

John Justin Smith, Chicago Sun-Times
A dazzlingly reported, hard-nosed account...[A] fat, beautifully researched book.

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Ava Gardner: "Love Is Nothing"
Lee Server
0312312091
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
At the ripe old age of 32, having collected three ex-husbands-Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra-Ava Gardner waxed introspective: "I still believe the most important thing in life is to be loved." Server's (Baby, I Don't Care) deliciously entertaining tome bursts with Hollywood dish and Oscar-worthy dialogue and is written in a crackling style that reads like great pulp. "Love became her terrible habit," he writes, "something hopeless to resist, impossible to get right." A Tobacco Road urchin turned "statue of Venus sprung to succulent life," Gardner ditched her secretarial aspirations and started at MGM in the early '40s as a contract actress earning $50 a week. She became an international star, drawing huge crowds on both sides of the Atlantic. But life wasn't always sweet for the gorgeous star of Show...


Empire
Donald L. Barlett
0786104325
Aug 1994
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Book Review
Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend...


Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness of the Man Portrayed in the Movie the Aviator
Michael Drosnin
0767919343
November 2004
Paperback
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Review

“A story of breadth and depth, scope and flavor . . . A terrifying portrait of power gone berserk.” —Chicago Tribune

“Reveals a Howard Hughes who is far more evil than we might have known before.” —New York Times

“Direct access to the mind of a callous and frightened man.”
Time

“Sensational: one of the best 'truth is stranger than fiction' stories of all time.”
—Liz Smith

“Remarkable . . . the mysterious Howard Hughes is exposed in his own strident memos.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

Book Description

Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese movie The Aviator, Howard Hughes is legendary as a playboy and...



Empire
Donald L. Barlett
0786107367
Aug 1994
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Book Review
Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story.

Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend . . .

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Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters
Richard Hack
064170965X

Hardcover
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Howard Hughes: The Secret Life
Charles Higham
0312329970
November 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Though the author claims he aims to show his subject's "crucial role not only in aviation and movie-making but in major political affairs," this gossipy book mainly concerns the bisexual lusts and personal quirks of Howard Hughes (1905-1976). In sometimes overwrought style, Higham, biographer of Katherine Hepburn and Errol Flynn, describes how the eccentric tycoon, who backed such films as The Outlaw , indulged his sexual tastes on screen, how his favors for the CIA (e.g., leasing a Bahamian island as a base for dirty tricks in Cuba) aided his companies, Hughes Tool and Hughes Aircraft, and how he bought large chunks of Las Vegas in 1967. Hughes apparently spent six-hour stretches on the toilet, made humiliating demands of his bodyguards and stashed underage starlets in isolated, elegant houses in Bel Air and...


Empire
Donald L. Barlett
078613478X
Feb 2005
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Robert Sherrill, Nation
The perfect biography of the weirdest, most fascinating, most god-awful corporate creature you will ever encounter in broad daylight. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

John Justin Smith, Chicago Sun-Times
A dazzlingly reported, hard-nosed account...[A] fat, beautifully researched book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

See all Editorial Reviews


Investigation: A Former FBI Agent Uncovers the Truth behind the Most Contested Will in American History
Gary Magnesen
1569802947
December 2005
Hardcover
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Empire
Donald L. Barlett
0786135042
May 2005
Audio Cassette - Abridged
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Book Review
Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend...


Empire
Donald L. Barrett
0786177268
May 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Abridged
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Book Review
Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend...


It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir
Gloria Vanderbilt
0743264800
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Not surprisingly, it takes an older woman to write a great kiss-and-tell memoir—who else would have enough lovers under her belt? Vanderbilt opens with an appetizer of schoolgirl sex with a chum from Miss Porter's School in the 1930s and then regales readers with a star-studded cast of intimates—Howard Hughes, Leopold Stokowski, Bill Paley, Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, among others. Some were one-night-stands, some torrid affairs; three or four she even married. Romance, after all, is "the search for something else, a renewal and a hope for transformation in life." In her less giddy moments, Vanderbilt considers how some of this relentless love-affairing may have been provoked by an unhappy childhood. She was only 10 when her mother lost custody of her in an infamous public trial;...


Empire
Donald L. Barlett
0786178477
May 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Abridged
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Book Review
Though he rose to fame after a record-setting flight around the world and the construction of an unprecedented fleet of airplanes, aerospace industry icon Howard Hughes wasted millions of dollars in production, swindled taxpayers through self-serving philanthropy projects and regularly lied to stockholders. In his spare time he worked for Joe McCarthy, was an avid supporter of segregation and nearly destroyed himself through drugs. In this biography of Hughes, authors David Barlett and James Steele reveal the dark, often unlawful, existence that can accompany an American success story. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Library Journal, Mark Annichiarico
This meticulously detailed and well-written biography strips the glamour from the Howard Hughes legend...


The Explorer King: Adventure, Science, and the Great Diamond Hoax--Clarence King in the Old West
Robert Wilson
0743260252
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Clarence King (1842–1901) was the Indiana Jones of the 19th century. His dangerous 1864 passage across the Sierra Nevadas in California was hailed as ushering in "a new era in American mountaineering," during which his discovery of metamorphosed fossils helped determine the age of the Sierra Nevada gold belt—time-saving information for prospectors. In 1872, his debunking of fantastic claims of a "diamond field" in northwestern Colorado made him a national hero. King also wrote several landmark studies of mining, geology and mountaineering. American Scholar editor Wilson has produced an affectionate account of King's life that emphasizes the inevitable hardship of exploration as much as King's scientific achievements. King represented "a new paradigm of the western adventurer... the scientist-explorer,...

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