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)
Do you have s problem with that? LOL. It's absurd to. Given the times.(less)
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 helico ...more
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 –/> ...more
The 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/>The ...more
And even if I'm not fanatical about learning science, I've never stopped learning and I don't want to. Sure, I may be doing it only to give my own writing much more verve, but understanding reality has been an end in and of itself. :)
Of course, I can ...more
While listening to Dennis Quaid's narration, I felt as if a gruff stranger had sat beside me at a bar, bought me a pint, and started in on some conspiratorial, you're-not-gonna-believe-it storytelling. There's definitely an air of the old guard letting you in on the secrets of their exalted reign, and it is a hell of a fun bit of storytelling. Wolfe somehow manages to make the writing seem conversational, ...more
So this was a buddy read among the pantsless, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Unfortunately, for me, it was more of a failure to launch than a successful mission. (See what I did there?)
I WANTED to like this. I wanted to learn about the men who made this mission, the ones brave enough to leave the planet and try to land on the moon, the ones that clearly had cojones the size of beachballs (that's the "right stuff" - spoiler alert)... but I could not make it past ...more
I didn't hate it but this is a case (for me) where the book did not live up to the movie. Sure there are many MANY more details but for sheer entertainment value?
All. Day. Baby.
I liked that Yeager played a larger role than he didn't even in the movie and that the book encompasses the Apollo astronauts briefly. There was also much mor ...more
Ɗẳɳ 2.☊, Ron Swanson is my spirit animal (Jun 19, 2019 09:32AM)-
Well, what I'd like is to see you (Becky) and Licha team up on Delee, and convince her to read The Right Stuff.
I bet you could trick her into opening the door to her boat by using a trained raccoon to create some sorta commotion. Then when she steps over the threshold, grab her arm and twist ...more
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 ou ...more
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 ...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 bu ...more
Somewhere recently I read "Tom Wolfe ...more
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 withoutreading The ...more
It had been some time since I’d first read The Right Stuff; so long in fact that I can’t quite pinpoint whether it was in high school or college. What I can confirm is that it’s just as if not more i ...more
I tried. I made it to p 100.
The concept is actually pretty interesting. I did learn quite a few things about the test pilots, there were some laughs as well as a few cringes.
I just suck at reading this genre. Wolfe is not holding my attention and every time I sit down to read this book I find some way of getting a different book into my hands.
I wont rate this one because I read less than half. I would honestly give it three stars. It is just not the right time for me.
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 a ...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 the inner workings ...more