Popular Howard Hughes Books

Popular Howard Hughes Books (showing 1-13 of 13)
Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.54 — 29 ratings — published 2005
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The Passions Of Howard Hughes The Passions Of Howard Hughes (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.18 — 20 ratings — published 1995
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The Asylum of Howard Hughes The Asylum of Howard Hughes (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.83 — 19 ratings — published 2003
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Joan Didion
“Why do we like these stories so? Why do we tell them over and over? Why have we made a folk hero of a man who is the antithesis of all our official heroes, a haunted millionaire out of the West, trailing a legend of desperation and power and white sneakers? But then we have always done that. Our favorite people and our favorite stories become so not by any inherent virtue, but because they illustrate something deep in the grain, something unadmitted. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Warren Gamaliel Harding, The Titanic: how the might are fallen. Charles Lindbergh, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe: the beautiful and damned. And Howard Hughes. That we have made a hero of Howard Hughes tells us something interesting about ourselves, something only dimly remembered, tells us that the secret point of money and power in AMerica is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake (Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power), but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. Is is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem