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    DescriptionWhat is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan, or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse? I decided on the simplest approach possible. I would ask a few of the astronauts and find out - 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 Right Stuff". It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage.


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    Title
    The Right Stuff
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Wolfe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099479376
    ISBN 10: 0099479370
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: WNX
    Libri: ENGM1075
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, CHRN/1960
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1950
    BISAC V2.8: TEC002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 629.4500922
    Libri: ASTR4000, MOND5500, P0040869, P0040870, RAUM3600
    DC22: 629.10973
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    Thema V1.0: TBX, NHK, TRP
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    17 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. 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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    What is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan, or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse? I decided on the simplest approach possible. I would ask a few of the astronauts and find out...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 Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage.
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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.