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Howard Hughes: My Story

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Clifford Irving convinced his publishers that he had the authentic autobiography of the eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes. It turned out to be a hoax, with the book actually the result of Irving's painstaking research combined with fiction, and Irving was sent to prison. This is the book in question.
Paperback, 379 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Blake Publishing (first published January 1st 1982)
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Jan 17, 2016 Jkhickel rated it did not like it
I'm old enough to remember this scandal. In the 1970's, Clifford Irving conned the world into thinking he had secretly worked with the notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes on his autobiography. And he came very, very close to getting away with it. Irving made the mistake of being very hard on then-President Richard Nixon in the book, so the White House put pressure on a reluctant Hughes to call a press conference -- via speaker phone -- to announce that the book, and Irving, were a fr ...more
Jan 02, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok
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A book where the story behind it is almost as fascinating as the book itself, Irving's fictionalised "autobiography" of flying tycoon Howard Hughes is a great soap opera tale.

Hughes's playboy lifestyle, his aviation adventures and, later, his withdrawal into becoming a recluse is gripping and bizarre, with Irving's research making this much, much more than just a rehash of known anecdotes.

But Howard Hughes: My Story is hamstrung throughout by the problem of divorcing the fact from the embellishm
Ricky Kimsey
Infamous Fake

I had read Clifford Irving's prison diary about his two and half years for writing this fake autobiography. I originally had no intention of reading it but when Amazon offered it for free awhile back I changed my mind. He does take the known facts about Howard Hughes to make a convincing fake.
Jan 08, 2016 Vtchairman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done Clifford Irving. Your writing is great, the story and plot are excellent. A wonderful read. Enjoyed it to the last page.
Should have been published long ago. Keep up the good work.
Oct 02, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty good book for a hoax. Not great, but very interesting.
Enjoyed this very much.
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Clifford Irving is the author of 20 published books & just released 12 of his works as Kindle/Nook eBooks; he is currently writing a memoir called Around the World in 80 Years.
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