670.92: Phelan, James. Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years. New York: Warner Books, 1977. 299 pp. ISBN 0-446-89521-0.
- 600: Technology
- 670: Manufacturing
- +092: Biography
James Phelan does what Clifford Irving couldn’t: he wrote a respectable biography of the final years of the great Howard Hughes. In the cultural landscape, there are two Hugheses—the monolithic business genius who amassed great wealth through his ingenuity in aircraft and tool manufacturing and the eccentric almost xenophobic shell of a man he became in his last years. Everyone knows the first half of the story, but only a select few got live access to the latter.