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Synopsis: "A remarkable narrative of the U.S. space program and especially about the people who made it happen!"
"The right stuff" is a quality beyond bravery. It's men like Chuck Yeager, fastest man on earth; Pete Conrad, with his outside sense of humor; Gus Grissom, who nearly lost it when his capsule sank...and John Glenn, the only space traveler whose apple-pie image wasn't a lie.
"This is Tom Wolfe at his very best. It is technically accurate, learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic--THE RIGHT STUFF is superb." (The New York Times)
Review: 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 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 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
Title: THE RIGHT STUFF.
Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX. NY 1979
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: New
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001198338
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright, PO front pastedown. Good DJ with some edge wear and creasing. Seller Inventory # 9999-9995561331
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. 1st Edition. Hardcover without jacket in good condition. First UK edition. Some bumping to the spine ends and corners. Leading edges of the boards have some wear. The boards and text block have a few small marks throughout. The first blank page has a crease and a few of the pages are dog-eared. Binding is slightly cocked. All text is clear throughout. CM. Used. Seller Inventory # 456378
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. the jacket is shelf rubbed and sunned, some tears. tanning. light marks. well bound. good copy. [S.K]. Seller Inventory # aaqp
Book Description Farrar, Straus And Giroux, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Tanning to pages, some rubbing to edges of cover and jacket, some pen inscriptions to first page. Seller Inventory # 007994
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1979. Cloth. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus. 426 pages. Inscription on front endpaper and a few foxing spots across top and fore-edges, Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Seller Inventory # 010931
Book Description Farrar, Straus And Giroux. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 0224014439 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0224014439Z4
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 436 pages (complete). Jacket shelf rubbed, soiling and marked. Boards edge worn and marked. Tanning, foxing. Still in a very good condition, tightly bound and intact. 1st edition. MK. Seller Inventory # bvcu
Book Description Johnathan Cape, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. There is an inscription written dated 1980. Publication of 436 pages. There is light foxing around the block of the book. Externally the book shows signs of previous ownership. The jacket is shelf rubbed and edge worn. The text remains clear. GK. Seller Inventory # 98kc
Book Description Farrar, Straus And Giroux, 1979. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0224014439-2-4