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Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia and Palace Intrigue

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One of the most famous and enigmatic Americans of the twentieth century, Howard Hughes challenged Hollywood's conventions and packed theaters with his blockbuster films Hell's Angels, Scarface and The Outlaw. He thrilled the world with his aviation exploits, shattering air speed records, flying around the world in record time and building the world's largest aircraft. Hugh ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Stephens Press (first published February 15th 2007)
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Nov 25, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of classic Las Vegas
Shelves: nevada-my-apex
I was intrigued about this book as it is an inside look into Howard Hughes Las Vegas endeavors. Sadly with a man so reclusive it's very hard to find any facts. The author does a good job or pulling from lots of Las Vegas newspaper pieces during the time and speaking to some who lived it but still, not a lot of 'inside information' needed to make this book truly great. Yet the author compiles many legends and goes in depth to either debunk or prove them but some are still left as legend. Howard H ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Ken rated it liked it
Recommended to Ken by: Jay
Shelves: biography
This book was passed on to me from a friend. I would not have read it otherwise. Nonetheless, it was an interesting book. There is a lot to be learned about Howard Hughes that is not often told. I think that Shumacher did a good job of condensing the things that are well known about Hughes and bringing out the lesser known details. The book focuses on his life after he moved to Las Vegas and the effects which he had on the city. I'm not sure how the man made so much money when his "investments" ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it
Enough new material to make it worth my time, even given that it's the 10th Hughes book I've read. Parts of it were rehashes of stuff I know inside out, but some stuff was original (like the interview with Paul Winn and the newer Melvin Dummar stuff.)

The book has no chronology, and does slant somewhat (though not overwhelmingly) to Vegas material. It's sober, straightforward, and light on salacious material.

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Nov 24, 2016 Darrell Reed rated it it was amazing
A great biography and history of Las Vegas and the influence Hughes had while he was there. I understand the book is out of print; I got my copy from the author who is currently the curator of the Mob Museum in Vegas.
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Good overview of Howard Hughes. It filled in the questions I had after watching "The Aviator"
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Geoff Schumacher grew up in Souther Nevada and has beena reporter, columnist and editor in Las Vegas for 16 years.
Currently, Schumacher is the director of community publications and a weekly columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal"
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