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Howard Hughes bio published


The revised and expanded edition of my Howard Hughes biography was released March 11th. The title is Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue. The publisher is University of Nevada Press.

I am proud of the book, which is longer and better than the first edition, which was published by Stephens Press in 2008. I added 29,000 words, and improved and updated the original 100,000.

Obviously this is a difficult time to promote the book. But I’ve been doing some great radio interviews. Most notably, I recently had the opportunity to talk about the book for two hours on “Coast to Coast AM,” which has a massive audience across North America. (Thank you to longtime friend and colleague George Knapp, who hosts the show once a month, for inviting me.)

Hughes was a fascinating character, and his story still resonates today on several fronts. I hope those who get and read the book enjoy it.

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  1. Carol Jones
    May 8, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    I enjoyed Sun,Sin and Suburbia, and was excited to read this wonderful book about Hughes. My father worked for Hughes Aircraft during the war, and was tapped to be the purchasing agent for the Flying Boat. Hughes asked him if he had any particular preference as to a secretary, and he mentioned my mother, whom he did not know well but knew she was an excellent executive secretary and had heard she was unhappy in her current job. Hughes contacted her and offered her the position, which is how my parents met. So I say Howard Hughes was indirectly responsible for my existence. I’ve lived in Las Vegas since 1968 and well remember the fascination and mystique surrounding his residency at the Desert Inn. This is the best book about him I have read — but I see it is the original edition, so I’ll be buying this updated one soon. Thanks for the wonderful publications!

    Carol Jones

  2. Geoff Schumacher
    May 8, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Carol: Wow, what a story! While I am proud of the first edition of my Howard Hughes book, I encourage you to get the revised and expanded edition, which has more information on Hughes Aircraft and a lot of other things. I would love to talk with you at some point and write down your story of your parents meeting because of Howard Hughes and all that.

    • Carol Jones
      May 8, 2020 at 3:01 PM

      Gosh, thanks for replying to me! Of course we can meet at some point, although I don’t have a great deal to add to the above — I never met Hughes myself, as my dad left Hughes Aircraft for a job at the Garrett Corporation while I was still a toddler. I’ll definitely be getting the new edition, and will let you know when I’ve read it. Thanks again.

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