Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes Cover

Howard Hughes

Power, Paranoia and Palace Intrigue

By Geoff Schumacher

Stephens Press, Hardcover, 9781932173598, 295pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

One of the most famous and enigmatic Americans of the twentieth century, Howard Hughes challenged Hollywood's conventions and packed theaters with his blockbuster films Hell's Angels, Scarface and The Outlaw. He thrilled the world with his aviation exploits, shattering air speed records, flying around the world in record time and building the world's largest aircraft. Hughes was linked with almost every major film beauty of the 1930s and '40s, making him a favorite subject of the nation's gossip columns. One of the world's first billionaires, Hughes transformed his father's small fortune into a vast business empire.But for all his celebrated achievements, Hughes' later years in Las Vegas - when drug addiction, bizarre behavior and a casino buying spree dominated his days - continue to draw the public's fascination. Geoff Schumacher, a veteran journalist and the author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas, delves into the Las Vegas years of Howard Hughes in this engrossing portrait of a man whose impact on the city is still being felt today.

About the Author
After 25 years in journalism, Geoff Schumacher is now the director of content development for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. Schumacher started his career at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a reporter, editorial writer, and city editor. He was editor of Las Vegas CityLife and founded and edited the Las Vegas Mercury. He served as director of community publications and wrote a weekly column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He culminated his newspaper career as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune. He is the author of two books, Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue. He was the editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state's sesquicentennial in 2014.