The Hoax

Early in 1971, McGraw-Hill passes on Clifford Irving&#39s new novel. He&#39s desperate for money, so, against the backdrop of Nixon&#39s reelection calculations, Irving claims he has Howard Hughes&#39s cooperation to write Hughes&#39s autobiography. With the help of friend Dick Suskind, Irving does research, lucks into a manuscript written by a long-time Hughes associate, and plays on corporate greed. He&#39s quick-thinking and outrageously bold. Plus, he banks on Hughes&#39s reluctance to enter the public eye. At the same time, he&#39s trying to rebuild his marriage and deflect the allure of his one-time mistress, Nina Van Pallandt. Can he write a good book, take the money, and pull off the hoax?