Seduction by Karina Longworth


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 months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used t...

Details Seduction

Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherCustom House
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Culture, Film, Audiobook, Media Tie In, Movies

Reviews Seduction

  • Rachel
    No one does Hollywood history better than Karina Longworth.
  • Lee
    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 wasnt the case. I appreciate that she had to walk the line between knowing her audience was reading this and wanted new information and not losing the people that hadnt heard of her podcast before. I really ...
  • Alecia
    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 stellar luminaries, including Katharine Hepburn, Jean Harlow, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell and Ginger Rogers are intermingled with young starlets to tell a tale of exploit...
  • Rex Fuller
    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 business fit perfectly. After all, he romanced Billie Dove, Faith Domergue, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Olivia de Havilland, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Ginger Ro...
  • Nick Spacek
    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 interesting You Must Remember This podcast, has a knack for interweaving detailed stories of forgotten Hollywood, it should comes as no surprise that Seduction is a fascinat...
  • Tad
    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, money and influence to seduce and entrap women into his orbit. Some were well known, others less so. But they all shared a level of affection for Hughes that often le...
  • Gemma
    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 beginning. And if you aren't overly interested in Hughes (I'm not) there's some interesting stuff about films, the early publicity machine, selling women's bodies, how t...
  • Stephanie
    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 time. Howard Hughes is an interesting guy. Horrible, but interesting. Reading this book led me to the author's podcast, and I've listened to several episodes even tho...
  • Katie
    I am a Longworth devotee because of the impeccable craft of her podcast episodes and other writings: she is incredibly adept at contextualizing what you are listening to. Longworth is relentless in her research and is always looking at her subjects from various angles and interrogating those angles to get as close to truth as is possible when chronicling the history of a professional sphere which specializes in hiding truth. I was not disappointe...
  • unknown
    A fascinating Hollywood history that attempts to cover a little bit too much, but you can imagine it was hard to resist doing so with a subject as fascinating as Hughes. The last quarter grows increasingly scattered and unfocused as Longworth races through the final decades of Hughes' post-Hollywood life and gets lost in the tangle of the reclusive weirdo's many affairs and marriages, but the first two-thirds are engrossingand, like the podcast Y...
  • Writer's Relief
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, movie mogul Howard Hughes astounded the world by making movies many never thought would be made, flying around the world in his own private plane, and launching legendary publicity campaigns for the films he would produce. He also had many, many romances with famous women in Hollywoodfrom established stars like Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn to lesser known names such as Faith Doumergue and Jean Peters. Karina Long...
  • Joseph
    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.
  • F.R.
    The podcast that first hooked me into the whole world of podcasts wasnt SERIAL, I was too late to the party for that, it was Karina Longworths YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. A look behind the stories of old Hollywood which was sympathetic, empathetic and offered a 21st century perspective on these old black and white tales. Id never really listened to any podcasts before it, but it hooked me in completely.(Interestingly, at the end of this book, she say...
  • Aroha Bahuguna
    "...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 was such a charmer of a person. My only introduction to HH before this book was through Aviator that I saw way back when, which painted him as an eccentric genius. But this book was a real insight into the...
  • Eliza
    Sadly disappointed with this - a 2.5 really. What works so well in You Must Remember This - where Longworth illuminates connections and spins narrative, delivering delight in a witty and knowing drawl - does not translate well to the page. This reads as a hurried litany of second source anecdotes with no additional analysis or conjecture. Towards the end I was bored which is a feat considering the fantastical, fascinating source material. Back to...
  • Beth
    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.
  • Colleen
    Comes as no surprise that Howard Hughes was a terrible man--in practically every way. This book focuses on just mainly one facet of his all around shitty self--the sexual predator and controller of women part, and tangentially how he ran RKO into the ground like a spoiled child in order to manipulate women and obsess over Jane Russell's breasts. If you're looking for a companion piece, I recommend Zanucks of Hollywood, The: The Dark Legacy of an...
  • Bob Garrett
    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 episode appears on the podcast website.) and is a great story teller. She brings all of those qualities to this book, and fans of her podcast (among which I count myself)...
  • Emma
    Karina Longworth's thesisthat no one represents or reflects the values of Hollywood better than Howard Hughesis fascinating. Billionaire, producer, anti-Communist, playboy/predator, war profiteer: there are a lot of angles necessary to take here, and they're all interesting, but sometimes the book feels almost excessively, exhaustively researched. Longworth's writing, as in her podcast, is strong, and at its best when it's analyzing how the stars...
  • Donie Nelson
    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 "starlets" he could pay to wait for him to make them stars! Some of them he never met in person. I never met Hughes, but I met ex-wives Terry Moore at a party in Malibu in the...
  • Lisa
    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 actors to contracts and leased them out for movies. Howard Hughes collected young women new to Hollywood and signed them to exploit them. This book is an extensive look int...
  • Doug Becker
    Howard Hughes has always been an enigmatic figure. Karina Longworths, with her skill unearthing Hollywood history, presents him in all of his bizarre glory. Studio heads have always considered the women they had under contract as their personal playthings. Hughes seemed to have a studio just to collect women. His life was about conquest. This is a tale of toxic masculinity and the entitlement of wealth coupled with stories of how the women he sou...
  • James
    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 historic tale of how Hollywood changed (often by Hughes' doings) and the way women were exploited by the star machine and men who ran it. This is not just about Hug...
  • Poppy Fitzgerald-Clark
    I have to confess that Ive listened to every episode of You Must Remember This at least twice and because of that, much of the beginning of the book wasnt new.However, a couple of chapters in things started to get juicy and the entire book was a delight! Karinas research is always brilliant and I appreciate how well her strong voice translates into writing. I have to confess that I’ve listened to every episode of You Must Remember This at lea...
  • Martin
    Karina Longworth is one of our best film critics and film historians, a storyteller who makes the past come alive with crackling prose. Here, through the life of eccentric Howard Hughes and the women and men who come in and out of his life, we get an amazing overview of Hollywood during the first half of the 20the century. Many of the themes Longworth writes about that pertain to the film industry are as relevant now as they were then. This is mo...
  • Susan Liston
    I didn't really know that much about Howard Hughes' actual path through Hollywood, so much of this information was new to me. I hadn't realized he had quite so many famous girlfriends, for one thing. I also hadn't realized how bad he was at being a film mogul. He was just so creepy in so many ways, it's hard to imagine that he must have been at least a little charming at some point. I did bog down a bit toward the last quarter or so as Howard got...
  • Cait
    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.
  • Douglas Fugate
    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 had contact male and female. The research is exceptional. Interspersed, are mini-biographies of several women. This is a first-rate look at Hollywood from the Silent m...
  • Becky Johnston
    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 shine through the book (Ginger Rogers, Jane Russell, Jean Peters) while others get lost in the shuffle of women. Writing about a man who treated women as interchangeabl...