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

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

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Title:Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
Author:Karina Longworth
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

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

  • Anne
    Jan 09, 2019
    I'm a huge fan of You Must Remember This, and this book feels like what my friend Greg called "an extra-long episode of the podcast." Longworth has such a distinctive voice, even when you're reading and not listening. I found Seduction to be both illuminating and disturbing. My only ot...
  • Joseph
    Dec 27, 2018
    A fascinating, slightly snarky in the right places and sad in many others look at a real grade-A asshole, the women he terrorized and the industry who enabled it. ...
  • Melissa
    Dec 17, 2018
    4.5 out of 5. I?ve been a fan of Karina?s work on her podcast You Must Remember This for a while so I was really excited to see that she had a book coming out about Howard Hughes. While I was not shocked that he was a completely gross, creepy, controlling predator, particularly tow...
  • Beth
    Nov 21, 2018
    I looked up so many movies and actresses while reading this that it was kind of absurd. And so fun! This is probably the best nonfiction book I read this year. ...
  • Rachel
    Jan 03, 2019
    No one does Hollywood history better than Karina Longworth. ...
  • Christine
    Jan 21, 2019
    I won a copy of this through Goodreads Giveaways. This is a really thorough look into exactly what it's title says: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood." It's not a super thorough look into Howard Hughes, though it gives the basics, nor any of the starlets that he woo...
  • Denis
    Mar 14, 2019
    Karina Longworth is not quite a great writer, in the sense that her writing style is, at best, bland, and, more than once, rather perfunctory. But she?s a really good journalist, she has a a great sense of the true meaning of movies, she?s extremely knowledgeable and passionate abo...
  • Tad
    Mar 06, 2019
    If you are anything like me and love watching old movies and love reading about classic Hollywood, then this book will be right up your alley. Exhaustively researched and endlessly engaging, Longworth gives us a detailed look at Howard Hughes and the ways in which he used his power, mo...
  • Alecia
    Dec 01, 2018
    Well, Howard Hughes was a bigger piece of work than most of us might have thought. In this exhaustively researched book, the author (the creator and host of the podcast You Must Remember This) tells what it was like to be a woman in Hollywood during the time of Howard Hughes. Such stel...
  • Alan Kaplan
    Jan 20, 2019
    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 s...
  • Stephanie
    Dec 18, 2018
    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 ti...
  • James
    Jan 16, 2019
    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 ...
  • Zack
    Dec 09, 2018
    The stories that Longworth has to share with us here are fascinating, harrowing, sad, and convicting. Hollywood and its complicated history with gender and power are on full display here, and the stories that emerge are incredible. This is a good read for anyone interested in seeing ho...
  • Aroha Bahuguna
    Jan 13, 2019
    "...the consummate tit-man" is the phrase that stands out to me after reading this book a few weeks ago and having forgotten half the number of women that Howard Hughes tried to seduce or seduced. More often than not he failed at it, because he's such charmer of a person. My only intro...
  • Jason Bergman
    Dec 29, 2018
    An excellent Hollywood history. If you've ever listened to Longworth's podcast You Must Remember This, you'll feel right at home here. All the same elements are present - the meticulous research, the looks at classic films through modern eyes, the use of women to tell the story of powe...
  • Lee
    Nov 27, 2018
    I had the audio book of this so it definitely felt like an extended episode or when you listen to a whole season at once. I had been a bit concerned that what she put out on her podcast would make a lot of things redundant but thankfully that wasn?t the case. I appreciate that sh...
  • Lisa
    Nov 09, 2018
    Thank you Custom House Books for an e-copy of Seduction by Karina Longworth for review. Seduction will be available November 13, 2018. Seduction is a history book not just about Howard Hughes but also about the women he affected. In the golden age of Hollywood, producers signed acto...
  • Marshall
    Nov 30, 2018
    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...
  • Cait
    Dec 05, 2018
    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. ...
  • David
    Mar 15, 2019
    3.5 stars. Howard Hughes had so many faults that he would never be admitted to just purgatory. What little was left of him at the end must have gone straight to hell. Despite that he was a man of extraordinary talents. A man whose adventures provided a little light in the Great Depress...
  • Rex Fuller
    Feb 10, 2019
    In the author's opinion, Howard Hughes believed the purpose of popular movies was to literally expose as much of the lead actress on screen as permissible. She also demonstrates that Hughes was serially smitten with and constantly seeking beautiful women, with which being in the movie ...
  • Becky Johnston
    Mar 09, 2019
    3.5, rounded up. This was a meticulously researched and well argued book that succeeds at presenting Howard Hughes as the proto- Harvey Weinsten/ Donald Trump. However, in the author's goal to focus on the women Hughes used, abused, and discarded -it's more a mixed bag. Some women ...
  • Bob Garrett
    Jan 26, 2019
    Karina Longworth writes, narrates and produces a podcast titled YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS, and if you're a classic film buff, then her podcast is a "must listen." Longworth consistently proves herself knowledgeable on Hollywood history, does her homework (A list of sources for each episod...
  • Kimberly Shephard
    Dec 14, 2018
    I?m a huge fan of You Must Remember This the podcast and of Longworth. I listened to the audiobook, so it basically felt like one very long, extended episode. I loved the book, five stars for the detailed and compelling story of Hollywood, Hughes, and women for 5 decades. I would lis...
  • Douglas Fugate
    Nov 06, 2018
    This book is about Howard Hughes. It covers his life from being raised in Texas to his death while being flown to a hospital in Houston, Texas. The reader will learn of the women he touches ? physically, sexually, by phone, or by memo. The control he held over everyone with whom he h...
  • Gemma
    Feb 15, 2019
    There's a lot to go over and think about in this book but seriously if anyone was surprised by the depth of the charges against Harvey Weinstein (and so much other stuff that's come out recently) "Hollywood" has been enabling hell even celebrating this stuff pretty much since the begi...
  • Nick Spacek
    Nov 11, 2018
    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 interesti...
  • Mark
    Dec 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Donie Nelson
    Mar 11, 2019
    Gossipy read. Who knew that Hughes was great in bed, (according to Katherine Hepburn), or that he used marriage proposals & engagement rings as bait for pre-marital sex! He was obsessed with brunettes with big tits & employed scouts to find mostly teenage girls as potential "st...
  • Phillip Oliver
    Jan 22, 2019
    A long and, at times, exhausting book but nevertheless an admirable job of research and writing. The book centers on the army of starlets hired and controlled by Howard Hughes during his lifetime. The most well-known names include Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Jean Harlow, Billie D...