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Publisher's Summary

Howard Hughes lived one of the greatest, most heroic, misunderstood, mysterious, bizarre, and tragic lives in American history. In this brilliantly documented biography, the mythology that surrounded that life is disentangled from the truth. Hughes had always been different. Certainly his riches set him apart, but he was also tough. Orphaned and a millionaire at 18, Hughes repudiated his relatives, seized control of the Hughes Tool Company, the linchpin of his fortune, and went on to become a flamboyant movie producer, holder of many world aviation records, principal owner of Trans World Airlines, a critically important defense contractor, Hollywood's most pursued and elusive bachelor, and partner of the United States government.
This is an epic biography of an epic figure who bestrode the world like a colossus yet could not master himself.
©1979 Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Of all the books written about Howard Hughes, Empire is easily the best...." ( New York Times Book Review)
"A remarkable job of investigative reporting....cracks Hughes's public persona as it disentangles the psychodrama of his private doings." ( Publishers Weekly)
"[The] most responsible and authoritative biography of Hughes to date." Newsweek)
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5 out of 5 stars
By bryan on 03-25-15

Loved this from start to finish!

Where does Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What did you like best about this story?

The story and the narrator where perfect.

What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and pacing were wonderful. I could listen to him read the phone book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

an amazing life

Any additional comments?

listen to it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Sally on 01-01-17

I want the abridged copy

Howard Hughes was obviously a complex person with a fascinating history. The problem is this book is wrapped in minutiae and a a story that I would love to hear was overpowered by trivial details

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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