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 Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)
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...more
The Right Stuff deals with test pilots who establish a sound barrier in space. This story is divided among the seven main astronauts, and the test pilot Chuck Yeager.
This is not only an inspiring tale of astronauts and test pilots, but also an extremely suspenseful story as well. Every second of the way, Tom Wolfe sparked readers' contemplation within the...more
Wolfe takes us through the inception and development of the United States Space program, and into the lives of the original Mercury Seven astronauts...more
Tom Wolfe's writing is second to none, and the story unfolds like a good novel (though it factually covers a fascinating part of American history). The space program wasn't just about flying into space -- it was about the United States competing with the Soviets, Americans rallying around a new breed of "Single Combat Warriors" who enjoyed a form of celebrit...more
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...more
My brother Dave had these insights on the book and its subject. Yes. I strongly recommend it. Tom Wolfe has a great ability to get behind the scenes and tell all the stories covered up by the government and the media. You know it has to be good if I rush through a long non-fiction book. The astronauts w...more
Yet, before there was Apollo 11, before there were even the Gemini space missions, there were the original Mercury seven astronauts: Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Cooper, Schirra, Slayton. We all knew their names; knew what they looked like in their shiny, silver space suits; knew they had true grit.
Like every red-bloodied boy growing up in this country, I dreamed of b...more
What I didn't like is Wolfe's writing sty...more
Being from Houston, I particularly liked the various anecdotal stories about the Houston of the 1960s--including the Astronaut parade ending at the old Sam Houston Coliseum (now home to Bar Houston and etc.). Best of all was the discussion of the gre...more
This started out aMAZingly - archly observing the proud little world Airforce pilots live in where you either have the right stuff or don't, with wives who grow used to the fact that you may die doing something stupid like chasing another plane in practice when you shouldn't have been (which only goes towards proving you have the Ri...more
The book is best summed up by this telling quote: " No, the idea here (in the all-enclosing fraternity) seemed to be that a man should have the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery and put his hide on the line and then have t...more
Tom Wolfe spent his early days as a Washington Post beat reporter, where his free-association, onomatopoetic style would later become the trademark of New Journalism. In books such as The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe delves into...more