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Howard Hughes by Peter Harry Brown
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Mar 10, 11

bookshelves: 2011, biographies, life-but-not-as-we-know-it, nonfiction
Read in April, 2011

I approached this with slight trepidation: you never know how these biographies are going to go. Some are whitewash jobs, whilst others don't give you the detail you crave.

I knew little of Hughes going into it: his aviation feats, his reclusiveness and his womanising.

The book unlocks all of these in great depth, and whilst it doesn't paint him in a great light, it gives an insight into his formative years which goes a long way to explain the results.

The salaciousness is dealt with fairly sensitively, and the sources are impeccable.

I found one thing slightly annoying: the book jumps around through eras as in analyses diffeent aspects of his life. I'd have preferred a much more linear approach, to weigh up achievements alongside failings, giving a more balanced view of the man at any given time.

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