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The Right Stuff [Kindle Edition]

Tom Wolfe
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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.

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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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.

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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After reading this book I found that I had learned what I wanted to learn: about the history and sociology of the early US manned space program. I am not a fan of Wolfe's off-hand, gee-whiz, overbearing style. However, I must admit that this style was very effectively applied in this work. I checked up on some facts with more pure historical sources, and found that Wolfe's presentation was accurate--though of course I checked only a tiny percentage of what's in the book. Many of the tales seem to me to be apocryphal or just historical fiction. But overall the book succeeds in putting the Mercury program in the context of the times (policically and sociologically) and rest of the test flight program. As such it is quite an achievement.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read the book, then go fly a jet 23. Januar 2000
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In the early '80s, I was to graduate from school and got interested in flying for the US Navy. My mother sent a copy of T. Wolfe's book hoping to sway my dangerous intent and take a 'real' job. WRONG. About 9 months later I was soloing over Corpus Christi Bay and on my way to flying Navy jets.
Wolfe has written an epic that spans from the early days of flight test through the beginning of the US manned space program. It will increase the heart rate of aviators, aviation buffs and armchair pilots/astornauts. I highly recommend that anyone remotely interested in aviation/space read this book. While it may not be accurate to the smallest detail, the overall scope and feel for a era gone by can never be or has ever been captured in the history books.
Regarding Gus Grissom, new facts are coming to light that will clear his reputation. Wolfe does hammer Gus in the book about what was known at the time Wolfe wrote "The Right Stuff". However, all the research and reading that I have done, Gus was probably the smartest engineer and best test pilot of the M-7 astronauts . He had a reputation of being a real nuts and bolts engineer and a hard nose pilot. He could handle any situation while flying experitmental aircraft or on the ground discussing craft/engine design with NASA's engineers. If any one has ever seen the old NASA films of the Apollo program, when Gus is doing the radio tests on that fateful day, he really gives the engineers hell from the capsule owing to poor communication on the radios "Jesus Christ, we can't talk between three building, how the hell are we going to talk on the moon." Classic Gus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh..." 4. April 2013
Von express
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The Right Stuff is the story of the astronauts of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, probably the most genuinely admired group of Americans during the 1960s. Wolfe follows a group of navy test pilots and their wives through their training and first assignments in the mid 1950s. Many of the early fighter jet pilots were killed in flying accidents, but this fraternity in general is clearly different from other men of their generation. The competition to excel as fliers has given them a different view of danger and success: being on top of the profession is more important than any consideration of risk. And the man on top of the profession clearly is Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager who helped create the whole ethos of test flying while working at Muroc Field (later Edwards Air Force Base) in the Mojave Desert in 1947. While still only twenty-four, he is selected to try to "break the sound barrier" in the Bell X-1, basically a rocket. Many considered the feat impossible (quite a number of pilots have perished in the attempt, Geoffrey de Havilland among them). Yeager, however, takes the task in stride. During a midnight horse race against his wife, just two nights before the flight, he injures himself, breaking two ribs. The next day he can't hardly move his right arm. He knows that if he goes to the flight surgeon, he'd be grounded, so no way. The X-1 had to be carried up to twenty-six thousand feet underneath the wings of a B-29. At seven thousand feet, Yeager had to climb down a ladder into the X-1's cockpit, and then he had to push a handle at his right to close the cockpit door, which of course is impossible for him. But Yeager had anticipated the problem and a project engineer had secretly slipped him a nine inch broom handle. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Evokes deep admiration. 14. August 1998
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Membership in the unique fraternity, or subculture, which elite pilots comprise requires tremendous tenacity, skill, courage and sacrifice. Wolfe's book provides a primer on this unique life, going on to specifically relate the stories of those selected for the Mercury project. For those of us who reluctantly rise from bed to plod at unsatisfying jobs for rent money, this book will be both humbling and illuminating. One reads of the exhiliration and the heights of achievement possible for the devoted and gifted, despite what may be poor monetary compensation.
Much of the descriptions of people, events and feats is surely dramatization, but the story remains striking. Though he ignores the rules of grammar, the author vividly relates the furor of the early US space program: the public's anxiety over the program, the urgency at NASA and Capitol Hill, as well as the emotions of the astronauts in the cockpit, in training, or at press gatherings. The book provides a fair synopsis of America's leading edge late-fifties and entire-sixties aerospace technology, as well as the public's perception of it.
Be prepared for some disenchanting accounts of the deliberately concealed imperfections in all heroes. We also learn of the many blunders and failures in the design and launch of NASA's space vehicles. Those who were previously cynnical of the space administration will likely find their views changed after reading this book.
This story teaches the benefits of vision and dedication.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A total blast
This book is a total blast and I loved every page of it. Rarely had so much laughs in a book! Wolfe is the best!
Vor 19 Monaten von jaeljojo veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Stunning Portrait of the First Pioneers of Space
The Right Stuff is a facinating and accurate depiction of the saga of the Mercury astronauts. Tom Wolfe really does a wonderful job of making both an interesting factual... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2000 von Michael Delaware
5.0 von 5 Sternen An absolute classic
As good as "The Right Stuff" is as a movie, the book is even better. Thomas Wolfe's account of post war American test pilots and the first American astronauts is frank,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2000 von Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 von 5 Sternen Subtle criticism of the first American astronauts
Wolfe is (arguably, of course) one of the greatest writers and commentators on popular culture than this country has ever read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2000 von MFS
5.0 von 5 Sternen It Had To End Somewhere
This is a page turner, par excellence. Most media descriptions of astronauts and space exploration are bland at best. This is history as narrative and you never want it to end. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2000 von Steve Alpert
4.0 von 5 Sternen It's fun, it's a great read, but...
Some pee in their space suits, others catch some zee's, a few might think about home and family. Such is the earthy fare of space heroes, suited up, strapped down, ready to be... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2000 von Robbie Lewis
4.0 von 5 Sternen Zesty,evocative look at a brief moment in history.
Highly recommended. This is the quintessential, non-technical history of the people behind America's early space days. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen SOME STORIES MAY BE FABRICATED
THE AUTHOR FELL TO VERIFY THAT GUS GRISSOM WAS RIGHT. THE NASA'S REPORT SAID THAT THE HATCH DETONATOR SOMETIME CAN BLOW OF BY ITSEFT. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen some books change your view of life
I've always wanted to be an astronaut. Do I have the right stuff? undoubtedly not for the early programme. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen even intresting for women!
Most women don't read books on astronomy and airplanes. I didn't think that I would read about that subject either. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
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