Howard Hughes: The Secret Life

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Macmillan, 2004 M11 10 - 368 pages
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Adapted to a major motion picture by director Martin Scorsese, The Aviator stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes!

His wealth was legendary. His passions were bizarre. Charles Higham's biography tells the truth about the money, the madness, and the man behind the enigma.

Howard Hughes is one of the best known and least understood men of our times--famed for his wealth, his daring, and his descent into madness. Bestselling biographer Higham goes beyond the enigma to reveal the incredible private life of Howard Hughes:

* his romances with the great stars of Hollywood--Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, and numerous others
* his forays into sadomasochism
* his involvement with Richard Nixon and Watergate
* his bizarre final years

This is a compelling portrait of a unique American figure--in a story as revealing as it is unforgettable.


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he reminds me of Donald trump. "It's all about me." I didn't know he was bisexual, that he might have died of aids. he never seemed to pay income tax. Read full review

HOWARD HUGHES: The Secret Life

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An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Higham does his research an ... Read full review


Prologue to the 2004 Edition
Four New Adventures
Five Airman
Six Around the World
Seven Wartime Years
Eight Of Sex and Corruption
Nine Crash
Ten From Hercules to Hollywood
Seventeen From Nassau to Watergate
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
Notes on Sources
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2004)

Charles Higham is the author of such bestsellers as The Duchess of Windsor; Kate: The Life of Katharine Hepburn; and Bette: The Life of Bette Davis. With coauthor Ray Moseley, he has written Elizabeth and Philip: The Untold Story of the Queen of England and Her Prince, and biographies of Cary Grant and Merle Oberon. A former New York Times feature writer, Mr. Higham lives in Los Angeles.

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