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The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
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Nov 16, 2010

it was ok

It pains me to give any Wolfe book less than a 3, but I can't in good conscience give a book I couldn't even finish more than a 2. The parts I read were a 3, I swear!

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 Right Stuff) and instructors who look the other way as you Drink and Fly and Drink and Drive (which also only goes towards proving you have the Right Stuff) - then delved into the ok, but less riveting territory of how NASA attempted to put the first man in space before the Russians and how pilots were chosen to be the first astronauts but their enormous egos totally fucked things up and caused the men in white much pain.

Then, it got boring.

The end.

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