The Right Stuff

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Bantam Books, Oct 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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When the future began...

The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... putting their lives on the line.

The women had it. While Mr. Wonderful was aloft, it tore your heart out that the Hero's Wife, down on the ground, had to perform with the whole world watching ... the TV Press Conference: "What's in your heart? Do you feel with him while he's in orbit?"

The Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage. It's men like Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of all and the fastest man on earth. Pete Conrad, who almost laughed himself out of the running. Gus Grissom, who almost lost it when his capsule sank. John Glenn, the only space traveler whose apple-pie image wasn't a lie.

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Good subject. Don't like the writing style. Too many sentence fragments and exclamation marks! For someone who grew up in the 80s, it gives a perspective to the space race and its importance.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A good piece of journalism about the space program in the USA. I like his level of research, and the narrator is less intrusive than the Norman Mailer book. Read full review

Contents

The Angels
1
The Right Stuff
15
Yeager
33
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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