Title: Next to Hughes: Behind the Power and Tragic ...
Publisher: Harpercollins, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Clean text, pages tightly bound, boards have some wear, very light stain on the back side. Bookseller Inventory # 111237
Synopsis: A close advisor of Howard Hughes offers an intimate look at the eccentric multimillionaire's final years, discussing his legendary paranoia, business deals, political influence, and more. $40,000 ad/promo.
From Kirkus Reviews: The self-servingly selective reminiscences of a world-class hustler who, among other dubious career distinctions, was a top aide to Howard Hughes. A sometime FBI agent who made a name for himself after WW II as a freelance trouble-shooter for a suspect clientele (the CIA, Stavros Niarchos, etc.), Maheu (who turns 75 this year) was first retained by Hughes during the mid-1950's. While he never met his employer (who kept in touch by phone or memo), Maheu soon became the reclusive billionaire's main front-man, representing him, among other matters, in the purchase and operation of a wealth of Nevada casinos. Maheu also acted as the Hughes organization's bagman in its efforts to influence such pols as Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon. In the meantime, he continued to do the odd dirty job for pals in the intelligence community (e.g., recruiting gangsters Sam Giancana and Johnny Rosselli to assassinate Fidel Castro). Eventually, however, the high-living, Las Vegas-based Maheu ran afoul of the so-called Mormon Mafia, whose members danced personal attendance upon the ailing, drug-addicted Hughes, and he lost his plush post as the mad industrialist's chief surrogate toward the end of 1970. Maheu devotes much of the chronological narrative (coauthored with Dove Books & Audio VP Hack) to exculpatory accounts of the legal woes he endured in the wake of his ouster. These dreary recitals ring false, however, largely because Maheu's assessment of his own role in any number of criminal activities is impenitently amoral. A graceless, narcissistic, score-settling apologia that affords little fresh insight into eccentrics, villains, or scandals from the recent past. (Eight pages of b&w photos--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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