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The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
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Feb 19, 2012

bookshelves: to-read, icpl, ui-lib
Recommended to Steve by: Referenced in NYT

This book was referenced in a NY Times article "50 Years Later, Celebrating John Glenn's Feat" of the astronaut's first orbit of Earth. John Glenn is one of the pilots characterized in the novel.

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 weren't quite the all-american heroes the government portayed them to be. I think Shepard peed in his pants because he had to wake so long for take off on that first flight. As you'd expect, they were extremely competitive. I liked what the Air Force's top test pilots called them - Spam in a Can. Wolfe has a lot on the best test pilot America ever had - Chuck Yeager. He was blackballed from the astronauts for some stupid reason.

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message 1: by Dave (new)

Dave I had no doubt who the best man of the Mercury 7 was after finishing the book.

message 2: by Steve (new) - added it

Steve I'm guessing it was John Glenn or am I going to have to read the book?

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