The Right Stuff

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - History - 448 pages
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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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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

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Wolfe's 1979 best-selling portrait of the Mercury space program and the gutsy military test pilots who became the first U.S. astronauts is morphed into a superb illustrated edition featuring hundreds ... 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 is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

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