“The most daring literary caper of all time.” — Newsweek
“It’s almost impossible to know where fact leaves off and fiction begins, if indeed that distinction should be made. This is a hypnotizing narrative, a brilliant study of money’s power to corrupt absolutely. It’s a crime not to publish it.” — Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
“Until now, the most famous unpublished book of the century.” — International Herald Tribune.
Immense wealth. Scientific genius. Sexual kinkiness. Howard Hughes, the first Texas billionaire, exemplified those qualities. Oscar-winning moviemaker and the lover of dozens of Hollywood movie stars, Hughes bought the favors of U.S. presidents. Then he tried to buy Las Vegas.
In his twilight years, he became a recluse. By 1970 many believed that he had died and that his business associates had stolen his billions.
“I’ve known Howard Hughes since I was a boy,” Clifford Irving informed his publishers, “and he’s asked me to help him write the story of his life.”
The book was called “a stunning hoax,” but many believe that Richard Nixon’s fear of the manuscript’s truth caused him to panic and order the doomed burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate.