Next to Hughes;
Behind the Power and Tragic Downfall of Howard Hughes
by His Closest Advisor
-- Robert Maheu
This one rocked me.
Hughes has fascinated me, like many, as the ultra-rich, power-mad, playboy-recluse, cottonpicker-genius-legend that he appeared to be.
The isolated horror of his end, and the waves of corruption, both deep and wide, around him in the Meantime are unbelievably shocking. However unbelievable, this story is yet another stark proof of the old rule, '...the love of money is the root of all evil.' In this case, Hughes realized there was Nothing he couldn't buy...so of course, that's what he went for, and got: LOTS of Nothing.
Maheu's personal story, which sounds pretty believable, has him at or near the center of many of the most pivotal events of modern civilization. All this reminds me that our word, civilization, comes down to us as Rome's great gift to the world...it's what you get when the dust settles and the blood soaks into the ground.
Life and Peace get next to zero credit for enduring this process and paying ALL the bills, ALL the time. I'm guessing this is largely 'cause the pirates write the history and run the schools that teach it.
The Rich ARE different.
Such a deal!