Books: The Airline and the Snark

JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY vs. HOWARD HUGHES by DAVID B.TINNIN 462 pages. Doubleday. $10.

They pursued him with subpoenas and summonses, with private dicks and dirty tricks and the costliest battery of lawyers ever assembled. Through twelve incredible years of litigation, Howard Robard Hughes Jr. remained the Great American Snark—invisible, unreachable, unpredictable.

TWA v. Howard Hughes was the longest and most stupefyingly wasteful legal siege ever mounted. The suit was initiated in 1961 by the airline's banker-installed management to wrest control of TWA from Hughes—who owned 78% of its stock—and to compensate the...

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