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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "H. Hughes" (1972) Summary & Analysis

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"Is Howard R. Hughes the most boring American?" asks Vidal, rhetorically. The answer, after admitting there is lots of competition in the field (more than 200 million), is Vidal's belief "that the more money an American accumulates the less interesting he himself becomes." However, Hughes creates his own unique chloroform with high droning voice, catatonic manner, absence of any humor, preoccupation with machinery and beautiful women "to no vivid end," and the bizzare eating habits.

Probably the best thing about Hughes is his withdrawal from the world, where "even in the shadows of his cloistered motels, the inept tycoon insists on pulling strings, making a mess of TWA, a disaster of RKO, a shambles of vice in Las Vegas, all while creating the largest unworkable plywood plane in the world at a cost...

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