Cautionary Tales “You’re not Howard Hughes!”

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By the 1970s Howard Hughes was the “invisible billionaire”. A business tycoon, a daring aviator and Hollywood Lothario, Hughes had an amazing life story… but hiding away in luxury hotels he wasn’t sharing his memories with anyone.

Then the recluse told a respected publishing house – via intermediaries – that he was working on an autobiography. The book would be a blockbuster… only it was all a lie.

The Host

Tim Harford

Tim Harford’s long-running column in the Financial Times, “The Undercover Economist,” reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His first book, The Undercover Economist, was published in 30 languages and sold…