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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Phelan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1912 in Alton, Illinois


-- James Phelan on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=james+phelan


Illinois Connection

James was born and raised in Alton, Il.

Biographical and Professional Information

James began his career at the Alton Evening Telegraph as a reporter.


Published Works

  • Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years, Random House, 1976
  • Scandals, Scamps and Scoundrels: The Casebook of an Invrstigative Reporter, Random House, 1982
  • The Money: The Battle for Howard Hughes' Billions, Random House, 1997


Selected Titles At Your Library

The money :
ISBN: 0394556372. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©1997.

"Howard Hughes's death in 1976 exposed a unique American horror story. Hughes wandered six years in exile in a self-constructed private asylum, the victim of such gross neglect that neither he nor his keepers dared disclose him to public view. When he died, he weighed ninety-two pounds and was indistinguishable from a street derelict, dehydrated and ravaged by drugs." "There was no discoverable will, and thousands of people became involved in a bitter struggle to claim his fortune." "Among the motley of contenders fighting for The Money were two powerful groups. On one side was Will Lummis, a soft-voiced conservative lookalike cousin of the billionaire, and twenty other Hughes cousins claiming legal heirship. On the other side were the people who had managed the empire of the phobia-ridden Hughes during his last six years. They were headed by an executive triumvirate: Chester Davis, Hughes's aggressive and abrasive chief counsel; Frank W. "Bill" Gay, his mousy, low-profile executive vice president; and Nadine Henley, a plump, peroxided one-time secretary." "When Hughes died, both Texas and California claimed him as their taxable own, setting off years of litigation that went several times to the U.S. Supreme Court." "The final irony of Hughes and The Money was that the fight for his fortune demolished the privacy it had bought for him at great cost in his later years. The secrets came flooding forth as the men who had hidden him and those who ran his businesses were put under oath and required to talk."--BOOK JACKET.