The Right Stuff

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Mar 4, 2008 - History - 448 pages

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made The Right Stuff a classic.

 

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THE RIGHT STUFF

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Yes: it's high time for a de-romanticized, de-mythified, close-up retelling of the U.S. Space Program's launching‚€"the inside story of those first seven astronauts. But no: jazzy, jivey, exclamation ... Read full review

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Wolfe's 1979 volume chronicled the handful of adrenaline-junkie military test pilots who became the Mercury astronauts. Their story is juxtaposed against that of Chuck Yeager, the ace of aces pilot ... Read full review

Contents

I The Angels
1
II The Right Sluff
15
III Yeager
33
IV The Lab Rat
61
V In Single Combat
85
VI On the Balcony
102
VII The Cape
127
VIII The Thrones
141
X Righteous Prayer
190
XI The Unscrewable Pooch
214
XII The Tears
238
XIII The Operational Stuff
283
XIV The Club
312
XV The High Desert
331
Epilogue
349
Copyright

IX The Vote
169

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About the author (2008)

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade.”

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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