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Read online The Right Stuff.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe began i The Right Stuff i 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 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 almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents i The Right Stuff i 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 p Wolfe s roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with i In Cold Blood i 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 s 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 a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any aircraft makes him the book s guiding spirit p p 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 i The Right Stuff i is the best the funniest and the most vivid book ever written about America s manned space program i Patrick O Kelley i p by Tom Wolfe

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The setting is Atlanta Georgia a racially mixed late century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians The protagonist is Charles Croker once a college football star now a late middle aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality Charlie has a acre quail shooting plantation a young and demanding second wife and a half empty office complex with a staggering load of debt br br Meanwhile Conrad Hensley idealistic young father of two is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system br br And back in Atlanta when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek the Canon Fanon a homegrown product of the city s slums is accused of date raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city s delicate racial balance from blowing sky high br br Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent daily life behind bars shady real estate syndicates Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve wit and insight that have made him our most admired novelist Charlie Croker s deliverance from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited hilarious and telling novel America has seen in ages Tom Wolfe s most outstanding achievement to date, The strange saga of American architecture in the twentieth century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement as Wolfe debunks the European gods of modern and postmodern architecture and their American counterparts, Tom Wolfe began i The Right Stuff i 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 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 almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents i The Right Stuff i 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 p Wolfe s roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with i In Cold Blood i 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 s 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 a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any aircraft makes him the book s guiding spirit p p 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 i The Right Stuff i is the best the funniest and the most vivid book ever written about America s manned space program i Patrick O Kelley i p, No description available