The Nation: From the Penthouse Papers

Something like the Wizard of Oz, who spoke to the world in a disembodied voice from behind a huge paper head, Howard Hughes for the last ten years of his life communicated with his business staff chiefly by memos. He wrote down his instructions in pen on yellow legal pads, and the memos were delivered by his loyal Mormon retainers. His handwriting, though unstylish, was clear, but when he was nervous or overwrought he splattered his memos with word and sentence changes. Most of the missives went to Robert Maheu, his trusted top aide until the two men broke in late...

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