The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

Book - 2008
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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 )

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made The Right Stuff a classic.

Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2008.
ISBN: 9780312427566
0312427565
Branch Call Number: 629.40973 WO
Characteristics: xiii, 352 pages ; 21 cm

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ValinOR14
Dec 30, 2019

I'm definitely going to be the outlier with this review. I felt like The Right Stuff was more of a satirical, historical fiction than a non-fiction book. On one hand, I appreciated learning more about test pilots and the original seven astronauts than I did from watching the movie made in 1983. I can remember growing up in San Bernardino and hearing the sound barrier being repeatedly broken. I remember watching Alan Shepard's 15-minute flight on TV. It was an exciting time!

On the other hand, all of the strangely capitalized words, italicized words, and many, many exclamation points drove me crazy. Also, the part about Gus Grissom and the blown hatch was pretty much fiction. The problem was with the hatch and Grissom was exonerated of any wrongdoing. Why not mention THAT??? I guess I wasn't the target audience for this book.

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kbomber
Mar 15, 2018

This book was awesome. It really gets into the heads of the astronauts, pilots, their wives and families and all those associated with the space program. The detailed accounts of the first american suborbital space flight and first orbital flights were really interesting.

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dnakanis
Jan 07, 2018

One of the worst books I've ever read. Overly verbose descriptions of people, completely arrogant and pompous style of writing. What's there to like about this book? Absolutely nothing. 90% of this book is filler full of gratuitous details to meet a page quota it seems.

PimaLib_WilliamB Jun 29, 2016

I can't say enough good things about this non-fiction account of the original Mercury Seven astronauts in the space race of the late 50s/early 60s. The backstory to Chuck Yeager and flight record breaking in the High Deserts of California segue into the stories of pilots like John Glenn and quirky Gordo Cooper. Tom Wolfe writes very a very excited pace, including lots of !'s at the end of sentences. It's a fun read and rent the DVD, too!

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KellyReader
Feb 15, 2011

What a fantastic book!

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