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Howard Hughes

Author: Peter Harry Brown
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780306813924
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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 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.

Howard Hughes And The Spruce Goose

Author: Graham Simons
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473838789
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Howard Hughes' life ambition was to make a significant contribution to the field of aviation development. But the monumental folly of his endeavours on the H-KI Hercules meant that he came to be known and remembered to a great extent for all the wrong reasons. The 'Spruce Goose' (a name Hughes detested) became a product of his wild fixation on perfection and scale. Once completed, it was the largest flying machine ever built. Its wingspan of 320 feet remains the largest in history. Yet it only completed one flight; flying for a mile on its maiden voyage above Long Beach Harbour, before being consigned to the history books as a failure.??Experienced author Graham M. Simons turns his attention to the production process that saw this colossus take shape. In words and images, all aspects of this process are illustrated. We have shots taken during the initial design period, images of the craft under construction, and photographs taken at the test flights. In addition, Simons has been gifted access to the highly prized and rarely seen aircraft manual produced for the aircraft, content from which has been extracted and used to supplement the narrative.??The book goes on to explore the political issues that sprung up as a result of Hughes' endeavours, looking into the Senate War Investigations Committee's findings which explored the extent to which government funds had been utilised in the development and construction of the airship, adding a whole new layer of controversy to the proceedings.

Howard Hughes

Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 1682470377
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A test pilot for Howard Hughes separates fact from fiction to tell the inside story of the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America’s most famous aircraft and weapons. George Marrett draws on his wealth of experiences and those of other Hughes confidants to take readers inside Hughes’s complex world—a world that has kept its secrets for nearly six decades. Both a gifted storyteller and a top-notch aviator himself, having tested forty types of military aircraft and logged eight thousand hours in the air, the author integrates stories of Hughes the ace pilot with Hughes the designer and businessman who became America’s first billionaire. Through revealing, humorous, and sometimes tragic stories, Marrett provides a full picture of the elusive Hughes despite his obsession with working in secrecy. The author tells of Hughes’s insistence on personally test-flying every plane he built and of the scores of aircraft Hughes purchased, borrowed, flew, and then stored all over the country. The author also reveals details of the top-secret airfield that Hughes owned in Culver City just a few miles from the Los Angeles airport. Marrett’s narrative, as intriguing as its subject, begins in the 1920s, when Hughes learned to fly at the Santa Monica airport, continues into the 1940s, with his famous flight of the Spruce Goose, and follows into the post-World War II era and the invention of airborne radar at Hughes Aircraft Company. Marrett then moves into the 1950s at the Culver City airport where he later tested weapon systems that are still in use by the U.S. military. With the publication of this book, Marrett helps set the record straight about Hughes the aviator and the contributions he made to the development of aviation.

Curious Facts About Howard Hughes

Author: Kekionga Press
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1411656504
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Without the help of Howard Hughes, America would have LOST WWII; Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell would not have had acting careers; space exploration would still be in early stages of development...Brief Biographies: Learn about Clara Barton's psychotic upbringing; why Walt Disney negatively portrayed FBI agents in his last movies; why Charles Goodyear sold his kid's school books; how Abe Lincoln treated his father like dirt; how top mobster boss Charles Lucky Luciano (Murder, Inc.) saved hundreds of soldier's lives during WWII; why Valentine's Day, 1884, devastated Teddy Roosevelt; why America's bravest fighting general, Mad Anthony Wayne, was afraid of the fort named in his honor by President George Washington; how Jakow Tractenberg created a speed math system while suffering in Hitler's concentration camps / 207 source notes / Indexed / National Aviation Hall of Fame: The Howard Hughes portion of the book was a fascinating read. / 13 point text for easy reading.

Stagecoach To Tombstone

Author: Howard Hughes
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857730460
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The true story of the American West on film, through its shooting stars and the directors who shot them... Howard Hughes explores the Western, running from John Ford’s 'Stagecoach' to the revisionary 'Tombstone'. Writing with panache and fresh insight, he explores 27 key films, and draws on production notes, cast and crew biographies, and the films’ box-office success, to reveal their place in western history. He shows how through reinvention and resurrection, this genre continually postpones the big adios and avoids ending up in Boot Hill...permanently. Major films covered include the best from genre giants John Ford, Howard Hawks and John Wayne, plus classics 'High Noon', 'Shane', 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. 'Stagecoach to Tombstone' makes many more stops along the way, examining well-known blockbusters and lowly B-movie oaters alike. It examines comedy westerns, adventures ‘south of the border’, singing cowboys and the varied depiction of Native Americans on screen. Hughes also engagingly charts the genre’s timely renovation by Sam Peckinpah ('Ride the High Country' and 'The Wild Bunch' ), Sergio Leone ('Once Upon a Time in the West') and Clint Eastwood ('The Outlaw Josey Wales' and 'Unforgiven'). Presented too are the best of western trivia, a filmography of essential films - and ten aficionados and critics, including Alex Cox, Christopher Frayling, Philip French and Ed Buscombe, give their verdict on the best in the west.

Ein Sonntag Am Pool In Kigali

Author: Gil Courtemanche
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462412515
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Ein Hotelpool in Kigali 1994, Treffpunkt für Entwicklungshelfer, Botschaftsangestellte, Journalisten, Geistliche, Prostituierte, Politiker und alle, die in Ruanda das Sagen haben. Hier verliebt sich der alternde kanadische Journalist Valcourt in die schöne junge Kellnerin Gentille, eine Hutu, die verfolgt wird. In dem Land, das von Aids und Armut gezeichnet ist, verdichten sich die Hinweise auf den bevorstehenden Völkermord. Straßensperren werden errichtet, Freunde werden ermordet, und die öffentlichen Tötungsaufrufe nehmen zu. Gentille und Valcourt hoffen vergebens auf Hilfe von außen – von den Vereinten Nationen, deren Blauhelmtruppen in Ruanda anwesend sind, von den Menschenrechtsorganisationen, von der Kirche. Vor den Augen der Öffentlichkeit bricht die Hölle los, die das Schicksal der kleinen Gemeinschaft besiegelt. »Ein Sonntag am Pool in Kigali« erzählt von einem der schlimmsten Massaker in der Geschichte, bei dem 800.000 Menschen, vornehmlich Tutsi, den Tod fanden. Ein Roman, der den Opfern des Völkermords in Ruanda ein Gesicht gibt.

Telling The Untold Story

Author: Steve Weinberg
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826208736
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Examines how a new generation of biographers has expanded the boundaries of traditional biography by using investigative reporting skills to create revealing biographies of powerful personalities

Anarchie Und Evolution

Author: Greg Graffin
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 3864131103
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Viele kennen Greg Graffin als Frontmann der Punkrockband Bad Religion. Nur wenige wissen, dass er ein naturwissenschaftliches Studium mit dem Doktorgrad abgeschlossen hat und an der Universität von Kalifornien in Los Angeles Evolutionsbiologie lehrt. In War Darwin ein Punk? schlägt Graffin eine Brücke zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft. Als Jugendlicher - in einer Zeit, als er "jede Nacht Drogen, Sex und Ärger hätte haben können" - entdeckte Graffin, dass das Studium der Evolution ihm eine Grundstruktur für den Sinn des Lebens aufzeigte. In diesem provokanten und sehr persönlichen Buch beschreibt er seine Reifung als Künstler und die Entwicklung seiner naturalistischen Weltanschauung. Während der Streit zwischen Religion und Wissenschaft häufig aus extremen Blickwinkeln dargestellt wird, zeigt sein Buch neue, detaillierte Einsichten zu der immerwährenden Debatte um Atheismus und den Sinn des Lebens. Es ist ein Buch für jeden, der sich schon einmal gefragt hat, ob Gott wirklich existiert.

Ava Gardner

Author: Lee Server
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429908740
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"The most complete and engrossing biography yet of this exotic Southern girl...Excellent."—Liz Smith She was the sex symbol who dazzled all the other sex symbols. She was the temptress who drove Frank Sinatra to the brink of suicide and haunted him to the end of his life. Ernest Hemingway saved one of her kidney stones as a sacred memento, and Howard Hughes begged her to marry him—but she knocked out his front teeth instead. She was one of the great icons in Hollywood history—star of The Killers, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Night of the Iguana—and one of the few whose actual life was grander and more colorful than any movie. Her jaw-dropping beauty, charismatic presence, and fabulous, scandalous adventures fueled the legend of Ava Gardner—Hollywood's most glamorous, restless and uninhibited star. In this acclaimed first full biography of Gardner, Lee Server recreates—with great style and vivid detail—the actress's life, from her beginnings as a barefoot North Carolina farm girl to her heady days as a Hollywood goddess. He paints the full spectacle of her tumultuous private life—including her string of failed marriages to Mickey Rooney, Sinatra and Artie Shaw—and Gardner's lifelong search for adventure and love. Ava Gardner: "Love is Nothing" is both an exceptional work of biography and a richly entertaining read.