The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff


By (author) Tom Wolfe

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312427565
  • ISBN 13: 9780312427566
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 28,172

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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")

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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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"An exhilarating flight into fear, love, beauty and fiery death ... magnificent." -- "People "It is Tom Wolfe at his very best ... technically accurate, learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic -- The Right Stuff is superb." -- "The New York Times Book Review "Breathtaking ... epic ... There are images and ideas in The Right Stuff that glisten like a rocket screaming to the heavens." -- "Los Angeles Times "Romantic and thrilling ... One of the most romantic and thrilling books ever written about men who put themselves in peril." -- "The Boston Globe "It's magic ... the best book I have read in the last ten years." -- "Chicago Tribune Also by Tom Wolfe: The Bonfire of the Vanities The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test From Bauhaus to Our House The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby The Painted Word The Right Stuff Mauve Gloves & Madmen Clutter & Vine In Our Time The Pumphouse Gang Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers Available wherever Bantam Books are sold

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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.