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Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywoods glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire moguls obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom.In recent months, t...

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  • Marshall

    Anyone thinking the Harold Robbins book The Carpetbaggers was sensational, clearly had no idea of the realities of the life of Howard Hughes. Clearly he continues to fascinate, first as a daring aviator and then as ground breaking film producer, but finally as a creepy old guy. It is a paradox that Hughes probably died because he was too powerful to receive the care he needed. Hereditary deafness and his need to compensate only made his isolation worse. A 1946 air crash probably was never really ...more

  • Andrew

    I loved this book. The author is the host of the fantastic podcast, “You Must Remember This “ which explores the hidden history of Hollywood. That podcast combined with this fascinating book confirms Longworth’s position of the finest modern chronicler of Hollywood History. This book views Hollywood history through the prism of the brilliant and eccentric Hughes and his relationship with his “ women” both on and off screen. Witty, well written, well researched, and just damn interesting , if you ...more

  • Mark

    Karina Longworth’s Seduction is technically a biography of Howard Hughes, but she crafts the book so that Hughes is defined by the negative space between the women—ten in particular—whose careers and lives he manipulated in order to attempt to enhance his own. Longworth’s work amounts to a certain satisfying sort of revenge in exposing the ugly details of a life that Hughes so desperately worked to keep private (satisfying not because what he wished to remain private is being made public, but be ...more

  • James

    Amazingly researched hybrid of a Howard Hughes bio and a history of ALL the women (famous and not) that circled his orbit or were snared by his gravitational pull. It's all about the movies and Hollywood and a guy that was rich and manipulative and really weird. But, it's also a great historic tale of how Hollywood changed (often by Hughes' doings) and the way women were exploited by the star machine and men who ran it. This is not just about Hughes, but about those women (both tragic and succes ...more

  • Stephanie

    Interesting in parts, but I got bored in others. It's no wonder that Weinstein et al thought they had a right to act the way they did- that's the culture that has been around Hollywood since the very beginning. It's pretty disgusting that it has been allowed to go on for such a long time.

    Howard Hughes is an interesting guy. Horrible, but interesting.

    Reading this book led me to the author's podcast, and I've listened to several episodes even though I really don't like the way she talks, so I'm
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  • Nick Spacek

    In her new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood, Karina Longworth uses the story of movie mogul and industrialist Hughes to examine the lives of myriad young women in the early days of Hollywood. Given that Longworth, host of the inimitable and interesting You Must Remember This podcast, has a knack for interweaving detailed stories of forgotten Hollywood, it should comes as no surprise that Seduction is a fascinating read.

    Better than that, though, is the way in w
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  • Alan Kaplan

    Fun, sometimes shocking book about Howard Hughes career in Hollywood. Hughes began his career as a Hollywood producer from the 1920's thru the 1950's until his mental illness sidelined him as a recluse. Howard Hughes was a brilliant sociopath who treated women like objects, including some of the biggest movie stars of his time. He would promise beautiful young girls that he could make them stars. They would sign personal contracts with him for years, and he would essentially keep them locked up ...more

  • Cait

    3.5 stars. I really like Karina's style of writing (which makes sense, I like her podcast!), I just wish I was more interested in some of the subject matter.