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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff 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 Wolf

  • Title: The Right Stuff
  • Author: Tom Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780553240634
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 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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    1. This would have been a superb book but for Wolfe's puzzling decision to libel astronaut Gus Grissom. Sadly, between the book and its movie adaptation, Wolfe's distortions are probably all that most people know about Grissom (assuming of course that they remember any astronaut other than Neil Armstrong in the first place).Grissom was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, and the second to go into space. After his capsule splashed down, its hatch blew before the recovery helicopter arrived [...]

    2. Treasure of the Rubbermaids 24: Rocket MenThe on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.If you, a 21st century person, ever sees one of the old Mercury space capsules in a museum you’ll probably be amazed at how small and primitive it [...]

    3. Yee-hawwww!!! Tom Wolfe's 1979 book about the American space race is a high-octane non-fiction masterpiece.Wolfe's maximalist style – full of exclamation marks!!! ellipses and repeated italicized phrases that take on the rhythm of great jazz – is perfectly suited to his gargantuan, ego-driven, patriotic, rah-rah subject matter. He has a voice like no one else's, and although he obviously did tons of research, he imparts his facts clearly and gets inside the heads of the scientists, astrona [...]

    4. Good GRIEF, somebody please remind me about this the next time I think I will read a Tom Wolfe book. I seem to read one about every 15 years and in between I forget what an unpleasant experience I find it. I cannot! Take! The exclamation points! I'm one of those people who, constitutionally, cannot ignore an exclamation point on the printed page, so reading this was like being shouted at for great lengths of time. As everyone in the free world already knows, this is Tom Wolfe's book about the Me [...]

    5. A quite good read, but not really what I would expect from Wolfe. The tone is very informal and the narrative almost unstructured conversational. This makes the first third a bit slow and drawn out as we're repeatedly hammered by the problem with the start of the Mercury program being that the pilot-cum-astronauts would not be required, or even able to, use their flying skills. The race with Russia was full on from the start and the feats being accomplished under their program, with little forew [...]

    6. The Very Brotherhood of the Right Stuff, that Righteous, Righteous stuff, the Indefinable, Unutterable, Integral Stuff.Test pilots have The Right Stuff. Astronauts have The Right Stuff. Thus Tom Wolfe pulls us into Chuck Yeager's world in Muroc in the 1940's when the sound barrier is about to be broken and segues us into the original Seven - the chosen ones with the righteous, righteous stuff, the first men into space. (Never mind a monkey's gonna make the first flight! Never mind our rockets al [...]

    7. While I am not a fan of Wolfe's writing style (wasn't that impressed with 'Bonfire of the Vanities' either) I do acknowledge that he is a keen observer and makes some astute observations about the space program and the country's relationship with it in the early days.I have seen the movie many times - and enjoy it, probably more than the book - but reading the book I found that an important part of the narrative had been grossly underplayed in the movie. In the movie, it's implied but not very f [...]

    8. Way back in 1979, Tom Wolfe packaged together an exciting story about the initial fleeting moments of the space race, as well as a delightful sense of humor, within the two covers of a non-fiction book. But don’t let the narrative’s 33 year-old publishing fool you. The Right Stuff aged well, managing in this recent read to deliver relevant and insightful commentary about an intensely fascinating historical period amidst the Cold War. From Edwards Air Force Base in the high desert of southern [...]

    9. Poetic, historical, with a wry humor. A few too many exclamation points!I really enjoyed this overview of the early days of the space race - all of the Mercury program, plus some of what led up to it and also what came after. Chuck Yeager plays a major part. The writing style is breezy and conversational, while somehow touching on most of the facts. I also enjoyed the pilot's humor.Sometimes the prose went past poetic and into repetitious. While I don't always understand why the NASA administrat [...]

    10. Easily one of the best books I've read this year, and one of those books I kick myself for having put off for so long. It possesses the very best of Wolfe; Kesey-like humor, Heller-like shrewdness and Steinbeck-like depth. Unlike so many biographical or journalistic books, it managed to make me feel for these people as well as inform me about them. He grabs the possibiltiy of their heroism and absoluteness of their cultural importance like the two horns of a bull, and wrestles the creature down [...]

    11. This book genuinely gets the adrenaline pumping. There's a scene where Chuck Yeager takes an NF-104 up to 110,000 feet (about 10 miles into "space"), then looses control and goes into a spin, plummeting to 20,000 feet before regaining enough control to safely eject. Then the seat gets tangled in the parachute lines and spills corrosive fuel (why was there corrosive fuel in the chair?) on his face and hand. He fights through the intense pain of melting eyeball to free up the parachute and land sa [...]

    12. I still defy anyone to read the first chapter, as Wolfe follows the path of a plane crash through the trees, and not be dazzled by his style.

    13. The Right Stuff falls in the troublesome category of history books written by journalists. On the one hand, the book is wonderful to read, enlightening, insightful, and inspiring. On the other hand, there’s not a single footnote in the book, his bibliography consists of a single-digit number of works, and the author likes to make sweeping general statements that cannot possibly be backed up in any real way. But Tom Wolfe didn’t write The Right Stuff to be correct about all the historical det [...]

    14. No better book has been written about flying or the space race. Tom Wolfe has what it takes, the bubbling enthusiasm and critical eye, to write properly about astronauts. The Right Stuff is about endurance, guts, reflexes, a cool head, and giant titanium testicles. It's about going up day after day in high performance jets that are trying their level best to kill you-and statistically will kill 23% of pilots in peacetime-and pushing them to the edge of the envelope and beyond. It's about sitting [...]

    15. Content - really good, informative without boring the reader. But oh, the writing I got so I couldn't stand the plethora, the multitude, the excessive amount of hyperbole, of italicized words/phrases, of exclamation points! Lest you think I exaggerate, I'll open the book to random pages:p. 208 - two exclamatory sentencesp. 209 - one exclamatory sentencep. 292 - two exclamatory sentences and two italicized phrasesp. 293 - one italicized wordp. 356 - two italicized phrasesp. 357 - eight exclamat [...]

    16. There are few modern writers as talented as Tom Wolfe, who manages to create his own style, in addition to a depth of thought and characters, while writing in a vernacular understandable to his readers.  In fact, after reading The Right Stuff, I decided that Mr. Wolfe has earned the spot of my favorite living author.The novel opens where navy pilots push the science of flight beyond the envelope, just prior to the advent of the US Space Program.  These daredevils were men of talent, grit and [...]

    17. Nonfiction at its finestS remembers a time when astronauts were thought of as big damn heroes. So sad how quickly we all moved on.

    18. My last and most enjoyable book of 2017. Tom Wolfe is in his own class. (The vast majority of the essays I've read this year are dry and dull in comparison.) This material - the pre-Apollo space race - is a motherlode for his electric, masterfully styled prose. He navigates the reader through the highly technical world of military flight test by finding the human drama.It's not just raw entertainment, either. It's impossible to miss Johan Huizinga's ludic theory of human nature in Wolfe's explan [...]

    19. Shepard, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Carpenter, Schirra, and Slayton…these were the men chosen by NASA to be astronauts for Project Mercury, a program that put men into space for suborbital and orbital flights. They were called the “original seven” and they were considered the greatest pilots and the bravest men in America because they were pilots on the most daring flights in American history. When they accomplished their missions they became national heroes because they risked their lives fo [...]

    20. Always been somewhat fascinated by space travel, so this may be a little more in my wheelhouse than for others. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anybody. Whether the subject is the genesis of NASA and the Mercury Program, the individual sub-orbital and orbital missions, or broader discussion of the space race with the Soviet Union, the writing moves at a breakneck pace and captivated me from open to close. There is some especially great stuff about the dangers faced by th [...]

    21. The Right Stuff is a gripping read. It moved me deeply. There was so much about it that I hated. Chapter 12—that is the chapter to read. It has what's probably some of the best nonfiction writing ever. It begins with a humdrum recounting of the Russians' progress in space. And then, suddenly, John Glenn is in orbit. He's the third American in space, and we've just been reading about Alan Shepard's and Gus Grissom's flights (thrilling, but less so than you'd expect). But then, John Glenn floats [...]

    22. I impulsively added this to my currently reading list by picking it up last night after reading in three other books. I'm indulging my ADD! I loved the movie(written and directed by Phil Kaufman) but haven't seen it in a long time. I wasn't crazy about 'Bonfire of the Vanities" but "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" was pretty good so maybe Mr. Wolfe's better in the documentary mode. The movie eliminated the whole early part of this book, which uses Pete Conrad's early test-pilot life as a way into t [...]

    23. If I'd have only known of Tom Wolfe earlier Actually, I had, but I hadn't realized: I have watched The Right Stuff as a movie adaption on numerous occasions as a boy and a teenager - and simply loved it. I awed and dreaded the 'Speed Demon', who lived in the air, behind the speed of sound, and killed on so many occasions (watch the intro on Youtube, it's epic), and admired Chuck Yeager for his courage and manhood to challenge it with the X-1. Only years later, I picked up this book in my Dad's l [...]

    24. 9.1.08 I wish I could give half stars because then I would give this book four and half. I absolutely loved it, the half star deduction from five is only because I had a really hard time finishing the last 40 pages or so. They seemed to drag a little. Otherwise, this was a fantastic book. As I mentioned before, I really thought it would be dry (perhaps that was my issue with those stubborn last pages) but it wasn't. Tom Wolfe's narrative was funny and straightforward and I breezed through comple [...]

    25. Having just about got over I Am Charlotte Simmons, I wanted to remind myself why Tom Wolfe was once considered an important writer. And my faith was restored. While his style is still a little too jarring with its vernacular stylings, here it is put to good use. Wolfe does a brilliant job of conveying the culture of elite military pilots. Having established the fighter-jock spirit he shows how it was undermined in the early days of the space programme, and then how it was gradually restored so t [...]

    26. One of those books that makes you shocked to ponder never having read it. The beginning is masterful as it describes a pilots life, especially a test pilots life. A recounting of the history of the Mercury program that reaches into the lives of the astronauts and others and helps you to understand them. As a slice of history it is also brought alive. Growing up remembering the Apollo program this provides that history I was too young to know. Just brilliant.

    27. Tom Wolfe, writing in his classic book The Right Stuff about the Mercury 7 astronauts, the first American men in space, gets directly to the heart of what made these men tick. Most of the Mercury 7 astronauts were military test pilots, and being a military test pilot is about the hardest damned thing there is. It is the apex of singular macho pride. Those pilots are pushing the envelope of those planes every single day! And they are doing it by themselves! Sure, there's a whole crowd of support [...]

    28. There is a sweet spot between finishing a great read and starting on the next oneThat time when one is still revelling in the joy of the last one, while looking for the next.metimes the feeling lingers till after the next two reads.d that's when I finally feel compelled to dish out a reviewWhy such a tangent? Because that's what happened when I found The Right StuffAs much as this book expounds the beginning of the space age, it "stretches the envelope" of the fight for space between the US and [...]

    29. 1979, a year of nuclear disaster, American hostages in Iran, and the release of a novel about the inner goings-ons of the NASA space program. What a strange order of men it was, tripping over each other’s jocks to obtain their places in history. These guys would fit in perfectly at a frat party and based on their antics as described by Tom Wolfe, leader of authenticity and forever through history as a man to phonetically finagle his way through noises with a ball point pen (how do you spell th [...]

    30. UGH okay I had never read a Tom Wolfe book prior to this and I'm not sure if all his books have a similar writing style. But if they do, you can count me out. I have been trying to finish this dang book for the last year and all I can say is Too! Many! Exclamation! Points! I understand the tone he is trying to takest tongue-in-cheek. And I could even get over the writing style to try and enjoy the content of the book but it is sooo repetitive. What is he repeating, you may ask? Well let me tell [...]

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