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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

5 mins

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Howard Hughes: His Life And Madness details the birth, childhood, career, death, and legacy of shimmering business tycoon Howard Hughes - a billionaire, world-renowned aviator, actor, and industry magnate.


Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

by Donald L. Barlett


Howard Hughes's life can make us think of those of John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie. Heir to one of the world's largest manufacturers of oil tools at the time, the world lay at his feet at just 18 years old. After the sudden death of his parents, Howard had to grow up fast. He had no interest in stepping into his dad's footsteps, however, and instead changed the business to cater to his passions: aviation and film-making.

Hughes has shrouded himself in mystery for most of his life - partly due to the public attention he received, but mostly because of his troubled character. In 1979, three years after Hughes's death, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele took it upon themselves to provide a thorough account of his life.

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Do the impossible, because nearly everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.

- Howard Hughes

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