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by Charles Higham

Charles Higham is the author of many bestselling books, including Howard Hughes, a basis of The Aviator, a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as acclaimed biographies of Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich

Charles Higham is the author of many bestselling books, including Howard Hughes, a basis of The Aviator, a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as acclaimed biographies of Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich. He received the Prix des Createurs from the Academie Francaise and was a Hollywood feature writer for the New York Times from 1970 to 1980.

Howard Hughes is one of the best known and least understood men of our . Howard Hughes - Charles Higham.

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 Charles Higham goes beyond the enigma to reveal the incredible private life of Howard Hughes

His wealth was legendary. His passions were bizarre  .

Biography of millionaire businessman Howard Hughes discussing his public and private life. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Howard Hughes has always fascinated the public with his mixture of secrecy. John Justin Smith, Chicago Sun-Times. By far the soundest, fairest and fullest book we have on the bizarre billionaire who commanded the fortunes of Croesus yet could not command himself.


St. Martin's Griffin. St. novel twists concerning the famous eccentric's libidinous moments and his own particular mode of slow death.

Howard Hughes: The Secret Life (Paperback). Charles Higham (author). Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. And it was almost true.

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The author of The Duchess of Windsor examines the private life of the infamous movie mogul, including his secret homosexuality and the truth behind his financial involvement with Richard Nixon. 30,000 first printing.
good read.
As I read this biography, I found Howard Hughes to be a repressed and, as some would say, immoral. However, his childhood was very sad, and one might decide that his inability to truly commit to even one person in his life a reflection of his parent's love, or lack of love. He was definitely a genius and I believe if he had focused on challenging himself in different areas, other than self-pleasure, sexual addiction, etc., he may have actually found a better life, one that might have made him happy. I researched other biographies, as well as the autobiography, which is a hoax, and found this one to be the most accurate. I went through so many emotions aaa I read this, including anger, appalled, sad, and shock at what he did at different times, as well as his horrific need for a psychiatrist. One will definitely learn facts about events never knew!. ** As always, I would like to point out that in publishing books today, either the editors or writers do not do their jobs! Spelling and other typos are very noticeable!
It was used, however a good read.
Quite informative and well written.
Interesting bio on Howard Hughes. Found it very good. Who knew he was such a freak.
Highham has the dirt on Hughes, so much so that the people producing The Aviator used his manuscript as a source.
Contrary to other reviewers on Amazon, I found this biography to be very well documented, insightful and well-written. Strangely, the Amazon product description with quotes from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews are almost entirely negative & discouraging. (The fact that Higham updated his book in 2004 is ignored!) I'm glad I didn't accept the low assessments of the book but instead went on to first read Higham's biography of the Duchess of Windsor. Having found that book enlightening & entertaining with analysis supported by detailed notes on his written sources and interviews, I was most interested in reading Higham's version of the Howard Hughes story. Some of the reviewers may like a biography that is like an authorized version with a positive slant and that is not Higham's approach. While not minimizing Hughes' achievements - especially in aviation - he does reveal his callous treatment of many of the people he engages with, as well as his usually successful attempts to buy political influence, and his often bizzare sexual activities. The Martin Scorsese film "The Aviator" (2004), though restricted to a relatively short period in Hughes' life, seems very much in line with the characterization that Higham presents. Higham even comments on plans for "The Aviator" film and on several earlier books on Hughes written by others. Higham's revelations -- about Hughes' sexual preferences, his interactions with many of Hollywood's reigning beauties, his obsessions, his tricky avoidance of taxes, his influence on Nixon and other politicians, his involvement in what he regarded as anti-communist intelligence work, the nature of his progressive illness, and his attempts to remain in control in his final years -- are very detailed and credible.
Howard Hughes had a lot of sex in his life. He also flew planes, built businesses, and made some money, but those things didn't matter as much to Charles Higham in 1993 when he published this sleazy and highly speculative bio of the famous 20th-century American tycoon.

Actually, for Higham, it's important to know not only the sex Hughes had but the famous identities of many of his bedmates. Cary Grant gets so much attention in this regard that after a while you expect him to burst in on every scene, crying out: "Hughie, Hughie, Hughie" in that woman's bathrobe he wore in "Bringing Up Baby."

The sensationalist agenda of "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" is clear from the start, with a preface that directly links Hughes to the Watergate break-in that dominated the headlines in the last years of Hughes' life. Higham takes a long time returning to this point, and never quite justifies it, but in the interval manages to fill page after page with stories of how Hughes satisfied his apparently voracious and varied sexual appetite with this or that famous Hollywood star.

"His sexual partners were not so much lovers as hostages, prisoners, or victims of his will; he had to dominate in everything," Higham writes. "His boyish, vulnerable charm, handsome, underfed, lanky look, and atmosphere of power and money captivated all of his sexual partners, but he left no echoes behind."

That is, not until his later years, when he stopped bathing and carried with him a persistent musk Higham likens to "a dead goat." One of the book's many imponderables is how it posits Hughes in his end years, the famous image of the shrunken mummy-like figure with his Mason jars of urine and long fingernails, and then doubles back to that opening Watergate scenario to ask us to see Hughes as "the black widow" who cagily engineered the whole break-in scheme.

I didn't believe much of anything Higham presents here. I mean, I guess there was this guy named Hughes who flew planes, made money, and led a weird life, but Higham's sourcing is minimal, his frequent suppositions strained, and his aim throughout the book too blatantly that of naked shock value, written at a time and for an audience where homosexual behavior was seen as shocking. If Higham was still around and writing this today, I suppose we'd read of Hughes' putting batteries in his recycling bin, or spoiling movie endings on IMdB.

One of the sources Higham references is Kitty Kelley's Frank Sinatra bio "My Way." When I read that, something clicked hard with me. Not that Higham like Kelley was disguising whoppers as fact; I was onto that long before. It was that he was doing such a dull job of it. "My Way" uses its half-truths and innuendo-shopping to make for a shamefully engaging narrative, fueled by a central character who grabs you by the throat from the first page. Higham has Hughes caught by Katherine Hepburn in his bedroom with Ginger Rogers, and it reads like a shopping list.

There is no passion in this book, no drama, no real theme beyond the idea that Hughes was a singularly miserable character with a lot of money. The only part of the book that gets vaguely interesting is when we follow him to the Desert Inn after he disappears from public view, eating chicken and napoleon cakes and watching "Ice Station Zebra" for 60 hours straight. Higham suggests Hughes was an early AIDS victim, on the authority his eyes were bad, his teeth bled, and some doctor he spoke to said it was "possible."

The more I read "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life," the more I realized it stunk worse than Hughes did. Never mind the dubious fact this was the credited source for the Scorsese film "The Aviator," Higham passes through most of the business of that film to ride his favorite hobby horses of randy celebs on the loose into the ground. The end result is one mighty stinker.
Howard Hughes: The Secret Life ebook
Charles Higham
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Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (July 7, 1993)
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