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Howard Hughes

His Life & Madness

By Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele
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Howard Hughes: His Life & Madness by Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele

This biography (1979) tells the remarkable life story of Howard Hughes, the world-renowned pilot, filmmaker, inventor, business tycoon and germophobe.

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An intriguing look at the extraordinary life of the eccentric billionaire and aviator. Most interesting to me was the tragic impact that Hughes's mental illness had on his life, which manifested in obsessive behavior, a phobia of germs and social isolation.”

– Clare, Editorial Quality Lead at Blinkist

  • Anyone interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history
  • Entrepreneurs and aspiring pilots
  • Fans of the film The Aviator

Donald Barlett and James Steele are reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer and have worked together to win a number of awards in journalism and investigative reporting. They have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize and have written numerous best-selling books, including The Betrayal of the American Dream and Critical Condition.

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