Before Oprah and TheSmokingGun.com had ever heard of James Frey, there was Clifford Irving. In 1971, he burst onto the literary scene, claiming to have been granted the right to pen the authorized biography of the f...more
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Really what I had expected to get out of this was why he did it, but there was no substantia ...more
"The Hoax" is a longer book and can drag alittle at the beginning but once things get going you can't put it down, the unfo ...more
The Hoax actually turned out to be pretty interesting. The line between fiction and reality, what's real and unreal and what really happened becomes blurred. Irving and Susskind created a character purportedly meant to be H.R. Hughes but was really a well researched and well crafted figment of their imaginations. They became so immersed in Hughes that they planted causal incidents that led to Hughes latter eccentricities. An author has the power to create a life, to select and structure and form ...more
I originally picked up this book because after I had seen the movie I was left with a lingering question. What motivated Clifford Irving to pull the biggest literary h ...more
Irving set the bar for fakers like Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and James Frey. He convinced his publisher, McGraw-Hill, that the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes authorized Irving to write Hughes' autobiography. And he used friends, fami ...more
The story by Clifford about ...more
This is a great read looking into a fascinating chain of events. It’s also a cautionary tale about how quickly things can get out of hand, and the power of kidding yourself.
You can look into the details of the debacle and find out what happens, but the way Irving tells the story makes ...more
It is a fascinating tale of how Clifford Irving fooled Time magazine to fund his book, the autobiography of Howard Hughes.
The Hoax was written by Clifford Irving as an apology to the world, for committing the crime of conning money from Time magazine to write his book about a man he never did meet.
I do advise this book for anyone, who does like a good suspense story, as you would not believe how Clifford managed to find evidence that need ...more
Essentially a midrange beach read, I mostly tackled it as a primer for the upcoming film version. From what I can tell from the trailer, the Rich ...more
After reading this, I wanted to see excellent Altman version of The Long Goodbye again as the idea of watching Nina VanPallandt and Jim Bouton in the same movie had a new kind of weird 70s pop culture stunt casting appeal to it (although both are great in movie, as is St ...more
In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.