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Were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with In Cold Blood As Capote did Wolfe tells his story from a limited omniscient perspective dropping into the lives of his characters as each in turn becomes a major player in the space program After an opening chapter on the terror of being a test pilot's wife the story cuts back to the late 1940s when Americans were first attempting to break the sound barrier Test pilots we discover are people who live fast lives with dangerous machines not all of them airborne Chuck Yeager was certainly among the fastest and his determination to push through Mach 1 a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any Good GRIEF somebody please remind me about this the next time I think I will read a Tom Wolfe book I seem to read one about every 15 years and in between I forget what an unpleasant experience I find it I cannot Take The exclamation points I m one of those people who constitutionally cannot ignore an exclamation point on the printed page so reading this was like being shouted at for great lengths of time As everyone in the free world already knows this is Tom Wolfe s book about the Mercury Space program focusing on the personalities of the test pilots and the social significance of beating the Russians into space or you know failing to do that I m sure I ve seen the movie countless times mostly in parts on cable but I had never read the book and that didn t seem right I m not even sure it seems right now either but I will say that for a book that I found almost painful to read I have absolutely no doubt it informs just about every image we have of the space race and NASA in popular culture So that part is impressiveGrade I don t even knowRecommended This is one of those books where I feel like I gained something in the end but the process of getting there was almost unbearable

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Aircraft makes him the book's guiding spirit Yet soon the focus shifts to the seven initial astronauts Wolfe traces Alan Shepard's suborbital flight and Gus Grissom's embarrassing panic on the high seas making the controversial claim that Grissom flooded his Liberty capsule by blowing the escape hatch too soon The author also produces an admiring portrait of John Glenn's apple pie heroism and selfless dedication By the time Wolfe concludes with a return to Yeager and his late career exploits the narrative's epic proportions and literary merits are secure Certainly The Right Stuff is the best the funniest and the most vivid book ever written about America's manned space program Patrick O'Kelley A uite good read but not really what I would expect from Wolfe The tone is very informal and the narrative almost unstructured conversational This makes the first third a bit slow and drawn out as we re repeatedly hammered by the problem with the start of the Mercury program being that the pilot cum astronauts would not be reuired or even able to use their flying skills The race with Russia was full on from the start and the feats being accomplished under their program with little forewarning or insights is compared to the Chief Designer and the Integral of Zamyatin s We This is an apt parallel but awfully tiresome when used 20 30 times Something happens near the middle of the book though and when actual space flights and orbital flights start taking place it s almost unputdownableThe last part of the book slows down some again but does have it s definite highlights such as the astronaut charm school teaching such indispensable knowledge as what way your thumbs should be pointed should you ever put your hands on your hips Which as we all know probably should be avoided altogether Another great part is the failed Yeager attempt to set a new altitude record for the souped up version of the F 104 fighter planeAll in all should the first third be tightened up some and a few mentions of the Integral be removed along with a bunch of exclamation marks this would be brilliant As it is it s well worth reading Detective Wanda Wolfe embarrassing panic on the high seas making the controversial claim that Grissom flooded his Liberty capsule by blowing the Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości escape hatch too soon The author also produces an admiring portrait of John Glenn's apple pie heroism and selfless dedication By the time Wolfe concludes with a return to Yeager and his late career Dreams of Glass exploits the narrative's Zawieszenie niewiary epic proportions and literary merits are secure Certainly The Right Stuff is the best the funniest and the most vivid book Healing Sex ever written about America's manned space program Patrick O'Kelley A uite good read but not really what I would Spark (Stronger, expect from Wolfe The tone is very informal and the narrative almost unstructured conversational This makes the first third a bit slow and drawn out as we re repeatedly hammered by the problem with the start of the Mercury program being that the pilot cum astronauts would not be reuired or Wonder Woman and Philosophy even able to use their flying skills The race with Russia was full on from the start and the feats being accomplished under their program with little forewarning or insights is compared to the Chief Designer and the Integral of Zamyatin s We This is an apt parallel but awfully tiresome when used 20 30 times Something happens near the middle of the book though and when actual space flights and orbital flights start taking place it s almost unputdownableThe last part of the book slows down some again but does have it s definite highlights such as the astronaut charm school teaching such indispensable knowledge as what way your thumbs should be pointed should you Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung ever put your hands on your hips Which as we all know probably should be avoided altogether Another great part is the failed Yeager attempt to set a new altitude record for the souped up version of the F 104 fighter planeAll in all should the first third be tightened up some and a few mentions of the Integral be removed along with a bunch of Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, exclamation marks this would be brilliant As it is it s well worth reading

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Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism Nixon had left the White House in disgrace the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam and in 1979 the year the book appeared Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe In his foreword he notes that as late as 1970 almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents The Right Stuff he explains became a story of why men were willing willing delighted to take on such odds in this an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti hero Wolfe's roots in New Journalism Updated May 15 2018 RIP Tom Wolfe reading this book was such an eye opener You were a true original I ll never forget the pure pleasure I had reading this book as well as the great satire that was that is Bonfire Of The Vanities Yee hawwww Tom Wolfe s 1979 book about the American space race is a high octane non fiction masterpieceWolfe s maximalist style full of exclamation marks ellipses and repeated italicized phrases that take on the rhythm of great jazz is perfectly suited to his gargantuan ego driven patriotic rah rah subject matter He has a voice like no one else s and although he obviously did tons of research he imparts his facts clearly and gets inside the heads of the scientists astronauts and their wives like a great novelistHis narrator is part anthropologist part satirist part historian and nothing escapes his eye Even if you ve seen the terrific Philip Kaufman film I highly recommend reading this ridiculously entertaining and informative book that tells you a lot about the space program the Cold War the rise of mass media gender roles and even near the end the race issueAnd just for fun try reading some passages aloud It s excuse the pun a blast


10 thoughts on “The Right Stuff

  1. says:

    This would have been a superb book but for Wolfe's puzzling decision to libel astronaut Gus Grissom Sadly between the book and its movie adap

  2. says:

    Updated May 15 2018 RIP Tom Wolfe reading this book was such an eye opener You were a true original I'll never forget the pure pleasure I had reading this book as well as the great satire that was that is Bonfire Of The Vanities Yee hawwww Tom Wolfe's 1979 book about the American space race is a high octane non fiction masterpieceWolfe's maximalist style – full of exclamation marks ellipses and repeated italicized phrases that

  3. says:

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 24 Rocket Men The on going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years Thanks to my father dumping them back on me I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depthsIf you a 21st century person ever sees one of the old Mercury

  4. says:

    Good GRIEF somebody please remind me about this the next time I think I will read a Tom Wolfe book I seem to read one about every 15 years and in between I forget what an unpleasant experience I find it I cannot Take The exclamation points I'm one of those people who constitutionally cannot ignore an exclamation point on the print

  5. says:

    Back when I was a kid I watched The Right Stuff And while that really dates me it also sparked my fascination with the OTHER side of the science fiction coin You know REALITY and the real men and women doing real

  6. says:

    I've probably read over a thousand books I just earned my MA in History and am a writer who's headed to UC Berkeley in the fall and The Right Stuff along with the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test are in my top 10 Exhilarating uncanny and unusual for Wolfe concise The man's range as a writer going from drug fueled hippie rebellion to de

  7. says:

    Catch up Review 2 of 4So this was a buddy read among the pantsless in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Unfortunately for me it was of a failure to launch than a successful mission See what I did thereI WANTED to like this I wanted to learn about the men who made this mission the ones brave enough to lea

  8. says:

    Tom Wolfe's big and beautiful nonfiction romp makes for an absolutely A audiobook listen While listening to Dennis uaid's narration I felt as if a gruff stranger had sat beside me at a bar bought me a pint and started in on some conspiratorial you're not gonna believe it storytelling There's definitely an air of the old guard letting you in on the secrets of their exalted reign and it is a hell of a fun bit of

  9. says:

    A uite good read but not really what I would expect from Wolfe The tone is very informal and the narrative almost unstructu

  10. says:

    No better book has been written about flying or the space race Tom Wolfe has what it takes the bubbling enthusiasm and critical eye to write properly about astronauts The Right Stuff is about endurance guts reflexes a cool head and giant titanium testicles It's about going up day after day in high performance jets that

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