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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness characters ☆ 106 » 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 HughesHoward 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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Originally published under the title Empire The Life Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes. Howard Hughes sort of represents the American dream nightmare Talented yet misguided in business affairs Sort of a dreamer who didn't have a practical bone in his body yet had his Dad's money to do things He wanted to create yet eventually destroyed everything he put his hands on The great thing about this book is that they go into the money deals that were made and one wants to shake his shoulders and say to Hughes 'don't do itOne of the great things about this book is that they reprint a lot of the Hughes memos to his employees They are both hysterical and very sad at the same time Stuff like having his driver go to the newsstand and pick out a paper in the middle of the pile because it's unlikely it was touched by human hands

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Howard Hughes His Life and MadnessTyle and reclusiveness This is the book that breaks through the image to get at the man. Money buy wealth one doesn't earn fame that's an illusion loyalty without true friendship public admiration given no empathy; money also allow one pursue self interest with no concern of others cultivate human nature to evil growth disclose the absurdity of life and make HRH a spectacular loserBesides HHMI being the highest honor one can get in life science research as I was raised to admire Marty and Leo's Aviator supposedly inspired by this book lured me to dig into HRH's real life both HHMI in my mind and Leo's portrayal are incomplete or fictional or deviation from the reality After 13 of the book I became much less captivated by the seemingly ponderous information turning a handsome genius I respected to incompetent wacko I despise halfway through I was exhilarated again as if reading a crime novel and suspense thriller motion picture material ended with the only feeling left for HRH is sympathy for his mental illness and premature independence without guidance and nurturing oh I also like his wry sense of humor crossbred of an escaped lunatic and a child