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The right stuff
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.

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In a 1960s New Journalism style, colloquial and hyperkinetic, Wolfe tells the public and private stories of the first American astronauts how they were selected, trained, and shot into space and how their combination of talent, ambition, and daring made them instant heroes. Also by Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968). (O 15 79 Adult)
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