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Howard Hughes was one of the most amazing, intriguing, and controversial figures of the twentieth century. He was the billionaire head of a giant corporation, a genius inventor, an ace pilot, a matinee-idol-handsome playboy, a major movie maker who bedded a long list of Hollywood glamour queens, a sexual sultan with a harem of teenage consorts, a political insider with intHoward Hughes was one of the most amazing, intriguing, and controversial figures of the twentieth century. He was the billionaire head of a giant corporation, a genius inventor, an ace pilot, a matinee-idol-handsome playboy, a major movie maker who bedded a long list of Hollywood glamour queens, a sexual sultan with a harem of teenage consorts, a political insider with intimate ties to Watergate, a Las Vegas kingpin, and ultimately a bizarre recluse whose final years and shocking death were cloaked in macabre mystery. Now he is the subject of Martin Scorsese's biopic The Aviator. Few people have been able to penetrate the wall of secrecy that enshrouded this complex man. In this fascinating, revelation-packed biography, the full story of one of the most daring, enigmatic, and reclusive power brokers America has ever known is finally told....

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Howard Hughes: The Untold Story Reviews

  • Judy
    2019-03-14 22:32

    I felt that Howard Hughes: The Untold Story should have mostly been left untold. It is a lurid account of all the women Hughes slept with, the women who refused to sleep with him, and the starlets who worked for his movie company but slept with their chauffeurs instead of him. The repeated claims that Hughes had untreatable, antibiotic-resistance syphilis are not believable -- although Hughes apparently did contract syphilis in the 1940s (no surprise, given all the prostitutes he slept with), he was treated with penicillin. Hardly anyone had used penicillin at the time(Hughes' immense wealth enabled him to get access to the drug), so resistance to antibiotics should not have been a problem. Also, syphilis would not explain why Hughes sometimes had mental breakdowns and then (mostly) recovered.If you are looking for unsubstantiated gossip about Hughes' self life, then this book is great. Otherwise, I'd read Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness instead.

  • Daniel Martinez
    2019-02-25 21:28

    Very detailed. Wish it dealt more with his accomplishments than his romances, but the book does make it clear it was hard for him to balance between the two. Loved that many of the locations he spent time in were in and around the San Fernando Valley. While reading the book I had a chance to visit the hanger where Howard built the Hercules (aka Spruce Goose), which was pretty awesome. My sister and I are planning on visiting Howard's old house on the 9th hole of the Wilshire Country Club as well. Overall, an interesting, thorough, and insightful read.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-26 05:38

    Another tits-and-ass effort by two entertainment writers. In terms of sheer volume of women discussed, this is the top book by far. The authors had access to Hughes's "security chief" (actually, more like Director of Surveilling Women) Jeff Chouinard (who, mysteriously, is not mentioned in any other book as far as I can recall,) and he provided piles of details on the chick scene from the late 1940s onward. The authors are fairly critical of Bill Gay and the Mormon Mafia. This book attributes Hughes's erratic late-life behavior to undiagnosed neurosyphilis.Best/unique things about this book: Most detail on Hughes's marriage to Ella Rice in the 1920s; best coverage of how Hughes worked on the mothers of the young women he was pursuing.See all my Howard Hughes book reviews.

  • Cara Hinton
    2019-03-01 03:29

    Wow! Talk about a person who is misunderstood by most people my age and perhaps even older. To think that this man's OCD could have been managed if he were living today and he could have done so many more things with his life. What an amazing book about a person I've always wondered about. I really enjoyed this book and going back in history to the 30's, 40's, 50's, to his death in 1976. So wronged in the media and certainly by those he was surrounded by. I guess that much wealth will breed pure evil. The life he could have had if not taken advantage of is mindblowing, but then again, we make our own fate in some instances. Really worth reading if you are at all interested in Hughes, Aviation, Movies, CIA/FBI/Government, conspiracy theories, and even J. Edgar Hoover! So many players in this man's life, but what a legacy he left us with Aviation especially, it's truly amazing!

  • Dan
    2019-03-22 23:39

    In a word--fascinating. Other reviewers have noted the amount of time spent in this biography cataloging Hughes's many affairs. While I understand their frustration, I think his behavior where women are concerned is one of the best demonstrations of his OCD at work. Howard Hughes collected things, and in some cases he collected people too. Extremely well researched and very interesting, though I keep at four stars due to the structure of the book as a whole. The reader is left trying to decipher the timelines that keep getting twisted as the author focuses more on the throughlines and less on the chronology of Hughes's life. I recommend keeping the Wikipedia page handy as one way of keeping an eye on the overall timeline.

  • Jacoby
    2019-02-27 03:24

    The authors seem more interested in asserting Howard Hughes's staunch heterosexuality than explaining why just one more womanizer was of so much importance. Granted, I now better understand the extent to which Hughes was depraved, possessive, misogynistic, and prolific; nevertheless, I would have liked to hear about Howard Hughes: The Aviator, instead of being given a revisionist account of the scandal rags passed off as research. And if Hughes's days truly were dictated by the primary obsession profiled here, his fixation on women, the authors could have at least explained how he reconciled such an all-consuming endeavor with his business dealings, innovations, ands God knows what else--that stuff wasn't explained in the book. Just a couple of misplaced frat-boy wannabes, I think.

  • Jen
    2019-03-21 01:40

    This book is like a roller coaster - I was fascinated, disgusted, saddened, angered, then disgusted and saddened again. In short, this man did not live a happy life. Good read.I benefited from an HHMI grant to support my research as an undergraduate; for that and his many other contributions to science, society, and innovation, I am grateful to Mr. Hughes. It's a tragedy that his life was such a mess.

  • Dave Summers
    2019-02-24 04:31

    A mythic paradox of a man. The creepy parts make you cringe, especially when viewed through the lens of #MeToo. End result has a real “Citizen Kane” feel to it. Maybe he was just a lonely guy on the OCD spectrum. Recommended.

  • Alison Slade
    2019-02-26 00:46

    Very good, shocking, and very sad at the end. Seemed very well researched, and was well written. An amazing life.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-09 23:43

    My second Hughes bio, very interesting and more focused on his human side.

  • Paul Perrone
    2019-03-24 01:28

    Fun readEntertaining and informative. From birth to death, it kept me wanting to read on and find out more about the man.

  • Phil Bova
    2019-02-25 22:25

    Although this book was a fascinating insight into Howard Hughes, I felt cheated in a manner of speaking. There are so many details surrounding Hughes' life, and I felt the author needlessly focused on his love interests, and threw in tidbits about his professional life for good measure. Almost as if the reader gets the sense that many of Mr. Hughes' decisions were predicated on the female influence. While I'm not negating this certainly took place on various occasions...I don't necessarily feel that Hughes' provocative behavior defined him, when the book seems to make that case. That being said, the book was genuinely a great reading...supplementing many details of Mr. Hughes' life that were more or less omitted from "The Aviator" starring Leonardo DeCaprio (which I felt did a masterful performance of Howard Hughes). Such a shame that surrounding him were individuals merely invested in monetary gains, yet uncaring for his individual status. I had no clue the details surrounding his death, and after reading this book was appalled at the amount indecency those around him took in looking after him closer to death: one gets the sense that he either ostracized himself, or was pressured into hiding and further distancing himself from those who "actually" cared about him (which ironically, you couldn't tell from all the characters involved in his life). While I love the man to this day, and his legacy is forever ingrained in American History....i feel saddened at the amount of pain this individual endured over the course of his life, philanderer or otherwise. You are missed sir! ❤️

  • Alex
    2019-03-24 21:32

    I got interested in Hughes after reading a number of James Ellroy books (Hughes is an important figure in White Jazz, American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's A Rover), and thought it would be interesting to see how much reality there was to Ellroy's larger-than-life depiction. It turns out Ellroy did his homework quite well—no surprise there. This biography is an amusingly lurid account of Hughes' lurid life. From the airplane crashes, to the movie starlets, to his descent into the ravages of obsessive compulsive disorder mixed with neurosyphilis mixed with severe head trauma, the book does a pretty fair job to Hughes. He comes off as a horrible creature — one who essentially imprisons women (and quite a few underage girls) — and yet there is a lot of sympathy for him in other respects relating to his mental illness(es). He's a very peculiar 20th-century figure to say the least, practically Shakespearean: a man of tremendous wealth whose taste for women and adventure lead directly toward his final self-imprisonment. One feels that he certainly paid for the evils he accrued by the end of things. The book is a breezy beach read, but seems to have done a good job at compiling a wide variety of material to back up its more sordid sections. It's not an academic work, but really, how interesting — or accurate — would a biography of Hughes be that wasn't reliant on a few dubious and contradicting sources?

  • Terry Cornell
    2019-03-17 05:51

    Although well researched I enjoyed Richard Hack's 'Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos, and Letters'more. Hack's book as described in the title approached Hughes in a more academic direction based on Hughes' actual writings. The writers of 'Hughes: The Untold Story' are primarily entertainment writers well established in journalism. Although, it too is well researched the approach is from a more personal and intimate point of view. Not only do the authors use written source materials, including FBI files, but also conducted numerous interviews with Hughes staff, former starlets and other Hughes associates. At times the book almost seems gossipy, especially in regards to Hughes and his many female relationships. Unlike the Hack book this book also more closely examines what lead to Hughes' erratic behavior as he aged. Mental health experts consulted for the book concluded from autopsy reports and behavioral examinations that he most likely suffered from OCD, which was compounded by the numerous concussions Hughes suffered from during his life. Hughes also contracted syphilis which eventually reached a tertiary phase also resulting in possible brain damage. Overall, I would recommend this book for more casual readers and the Hack book as a more serious biographical approach.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-03-05 01:23

    A fascinating, thoroughly researched and detailed exegesis of the mysterious and impactful life of Howard Hughes. Being brain-damaged, syphillitic, and enslaved by OCD would be a debilitating condition for you and I, probably leading to institutionalized. For the charismatic genius Hughes, it was merely crippling and it took six decades to do him in while surrounded by Mormons and sycophants. Along the way, the satyr chased skirts (Katherine Hepburn to Ava Gardner and beyond), kept a virtual harem, advanced aviation from military to commercial and built the family oil drill tooling fortune to a billion dollar fortune where he held sway over a vast empire that included an airline, entertainment studios, casinos, and more. Probably among the most revealing exposes here (if among the most thinly documented) is that Nixon's famous recording deletion covered damaging admission to Hughes' money going into Nixon's pockets.In epilogue, the author paints those Mormons and sycophants of harboring among their numbers murderers or at least manslaughters. With the Mexican eventual charge on his codeine-administering doctor, the whole life bears a remarkable similarity to the decline and demise of Michael Jackson as popularly understood.

  • D. Smith
    2019-03-11 01:45

    While I picked this up to understand more about a man who achieved such profound greatness as an aviator, inventor, film maker, and business-man, the "untold" elements read much more like a tabloid. The focus of the untold pieces were simply that Hughes was a womanizer and sex fiend, due in part to psychological issues dealt from his childhood and a controlling mother, and also to undiagnosed OCD. There is a lot of good learning to come out of this read, though it's much longer that necessary. I found myself putting it down because I was so tired of the focus being on the 3 women he was seeing at the same time and not on the breakdown of his mental condition. All of these pieces are glossed over, briefly describing one person's involvement here, and the total calamity of his business is but a minor paragraph in a chapter focused on his illicit lovers. If you want to learn more about the man who was Howard Hughes, read about half of this then skip to the last 3 chapters. They could have cut so much out to make it interesting, and still a relevant read. But sex sells apparently, even in biography.

  • Godzilla
    2019-03-15 03:44

    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.

  • Claire
    2019-03-04 21:51

    I decided to give this a listen after a second viewing of "The Aviator" (followed by some cursory Wikipediaing) made me realize that I and most people have little to no idea of what Howard Hughes' life was really like. Of course I don't get that sense now but I know a lot more than I did before. On the one hand, he is an American hero, in that America worships industry and money. On the other hand, he was a pretty foul human being on a lot of levels (see the way he "collected" women and then basically imprisoned them.) Mixed into all this was some mental illness (which was misunderstood by a lot of people) and a seriously disturbed childhood. It adds to the evidence that the most brilliant people are the most tortured, and certainly dispels the myth that Hughes had a life that any rational person would envy (especially at the end.)

  • Robert Land
    2019-03-12 01:22

    I thought this was a very very good book. I read this book out of curiosity about Hughes. I got a lot of answers to my questions and more. Many reviews seem to complain that there is too much focus on his girlfriend relationships. I disagree. Those relationships are an integral part of who he was. The research for this book was well done and very thorough. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in finding out more about Hughes. I guarantee that you will learn something new. It was a fascinating and easy read. It is hard to believe this was real life! I highly recommend this book.

  • Bryan
    2019-03-14 03:46

    The bizarre life of Howard Hughes is brought to life in this book. The authors tell most of the story of Howard’s life through his accomplishments and follow a time line by who he was dating at the time. This book places a heavy emphasis on his obsessive compulsive disorder, and how today it could have easily have been controlled. Throughout his life people thought that his strangeness was just the dark side to his genius. The authors make the case that throughout his life he tried to reach out but instead of people helping him with his problems they would tell him that he did not have a problem. Overall very interesting.

  • Joan
    2019-02-25 01:22

    I loved this. Based on a recommendation for a gentleman friend, I brought the audio-book home and listened with intrigue to this book that reads much like fiction. I was shocked to learn many of the unknown details of his life, including......he was the topic of the minutes of missing tape from the famous Watergate tapes. Nixon's secretary erased the tape because of the implications it would have suggested with Hughes! After learning of his role as an aviation pioneer, I loved hearing the specific accomplishments listed at the end of this book. A fabulous biography of an amazing man. The Hollywood starlets he bedded goes on and there's a bit of everything in this book!

  • Anastacia
    2019-03-03 04:33

    I've been obsessed with Howard Hughes since I was little - yeah, I was a weird kid. I just couldn't imagine anyone living the way he did in later years. This is a big book, and goes into depth about Hughes personal & professional lives. Most of the time, you got enough detail, and the book moved along well, but a few times I would have liked to have known more (though the lack may have been due to the fact that so little is known about some details of Hughes life). It's such a sad story about an interesting character - I can't help but wish he was alive now, when medical knowledge could have helped him & improved his life dramatically & who knows what else he could have accomplished.

  • Yuto Sasaki
    2019-03-01 00:23

    The life of the notorious millionaire will not be as normal as the other noveau riche. In this book the paradoxical relation with his success and blunder are virtually depicted. If you are the one who tends to think about breaking loose from any restraint which might be opposed by the others or in the process of living our daily lives, it is really worth reading once. Because one apspect of his dark life is all about emanicipating from the unsubstantial germs or virus phobia which of both are regarded by Howard Hughes as life threatning and highly contagious.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-16 00:28

    This book tells the story of one of the great icons of the twentieth century. The wonder of Hughes' life is that he had such a many faceted personality, which ultimately led him to insanity and a tragic end at the hands of the aides he hired to protect him in his reclusive state.The biography is comprehensive, enlightening and fascinating. The tragedy of the final stages of Hughes' life is all too often what he is remembered for, rather than the immense achievements he made in film, aviation and electronics.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-15 23:52

    I went into this admittedly looking for salacious details about the bat shit crazy howard hughes depicted in James Ellroy's American Tabloid books. the author of this book seems realyl sympathetic to hughes, so he treats his insanity with dignity. this wasn't what i was hoping for, but it was commendable.also, the author seemed much more interesting in listing every single female hughes ever took on a date. that got a little repetitive for me after awhile.

  • Jan
    2019-03-23 22:47

    Once I get started on a subject I often follow through with more than one book. This was my second Howard Hughes book. Very interesting to learn about the history of Las Vegas and the connection between a wealthy businessman, the mafia, and politicians of the time. Fascinating dude who had a huge impact on the landscape of America.

  • Liz Meyers
    2019-03-05 02:23

    Howard Robard Hughes was indeed a very strange fellow from early childhood until death. The older he got the stranger he became. He died a recluse with long hair and fingernails, who was unable to touch anything with his hands unless he had papertowels. How weird is that. Very interesting book. I would certainly recommend.

  • Christi
    2019-03-23 04:23

    Howard Hughes did some amazing things in his life. It's too bad his life ended like it did. It's so sad to me that someone who was such an important figure in American history only had a few people show up to his funeral. I don't think I have ever read a story that was more sad than his life. I really felt bad for him by the end of the book.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-16 22:26

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Howard Hughes. I generally like biographies of successful people and I have always been interested in characteristics of successful and happy people. Hughes was successful in so many things, but I don't think he was happy. This book is extremely long and detailed.

  • Dgoodman
    2019-03-23 23:28

    This is one of those books that explain to you what a mythical giant is and totally explains why he went the way he did. the 1st part of the story went over what was known about Hughes and the later half explained his fall from grace. I kind of got jammed on the later half as it was mostly accounted for by his girlfriends, mistress's and wife's. a little to torrid for my tastes. good book.