Howard Hughes: The Untold Story

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Since his death in 1976, Howard Hughes has been remembered primarily as an eccentric billionaire, compulsively secretive and strangely deluded. The grotesque details of his last years obscured the fact that he had once been America's "golden boy", a celebrated aviator and Hollywood legend who romanced hundreds of beautiful women, including many stars. This investigation seeks to shed new light on this eccentric figure, tracing the tycoon's tangle of relationships, his efforts to reshape Hollywood, his health problems and ...

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May 29, 2008

ever feel sorry for a billionaire

There have been many books written about Howard Hughes, but this is the first one I have read. From the very first, as his childhood is told, I felt sorry for Hughes. His mother was a terrible, obsessive-compulsive, mother that marked Hughes for life. Because of her he came to use sickness, real and imaginary, to control his life. It was said that Hughes went crazy towards the end of his life, but this book says no. Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine stated that "Hughes was in no way insane or incurable", that he suffered from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Because of his mother he was never allowed to be a teen-ager, and because of his father, he was taught that money could solve every problem. In his early twenties he became sick, and when he finally got better he was almost deaf. His vanity wouldn't allow him to wear hearing aides so he missed out on most conversations. People thought his inattention was because he didn't care about others, but, in fact, was simply because he couldn't hear. To get the feel for the man, you must read the book, but be prepared to feel pity for the billionaire.

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