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THE RIGHT STUFF.

Wolfe, Tom.

ISBN 10: 0224014439 / ISBN 13: 9780224014434
Published by FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX., NY, 1979
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Close to near fine in a like dj. (Faint discoloration at front pastedown & endpaper, and on rear pastedown. Appears to resemble a light application of binder's glue. A few small nicks at crest of spine & a short tear at edge of front panel of dj.) Adapted as a film by director Philip Kaufman. Bookseller Inventory # 308988

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Title: THE RIGHT STUFF.

Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX., NY

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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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

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