|Plot Summary of Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes|
|" Howard Hughes became famous after an historic flight around the world, producing Hollywood movies, building Las Vegas casinos and resorts, and constructing a fleet of airplanes. Hughes was also famous for bilking the American taxpayer out of tens of millions of dollars through his philanthropic projects, projects whose sole purpose seemed to be his personal enrichment. Hughes also lied to the stockholders of his company, assisted Senator Joseph McCarthy's congressional hearings, and was an outspoken supporter of racial segregation.
Hughes was born Howard Robard Hughes Jr., on December 24, 1905 in Humble, Texas. His date of birth is a matter of debate, as Hughes himself claimed that he was born on Christmas Eve, but baptismal records show that he was born on September 24. His father, Howard Sr., invented the tri-cone roller bit, an invention which allowed companies to drill for oil in places that had been previously inaccessible. Hughes Sr. would found the Hughes Tool Company in order to market his invention, and this company would hold a virtual monopoly on drill bits for many years. When Howard Jr. grew up, he would move to Hollywood, become a movie producer, become romantically involved with many of the leading starlets of that time such as Jane Russell and Katherine Hepburn. Hughes would also become the head of TWA. In his later years he fell into a state of degenerative madness that would make him a both a prisoner who was afraid to leave his hotel room, and a recluse.
Howard Hughes had everything that a man could want, except happiness. He was wealthy in terms of dollars and cents, but poverty stricken in terms of peace of mind. "
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes|
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Subject of Biography
- business executive
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
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- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
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- 7 ()
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
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- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book