The Right Stuff
When the future began...The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... putting their lives on the line. The women had it. While Mr. Wonderful was aloft, it tore your heart out that the Hero's Wife,... show more
When the future began...The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... putting their lives on the line. The women had it. While Mr. Wonderful was aloft, it tore your heart out that the Hero's Wife, down on the ground, had to perform with the whole world watching ... the TV Press Conference: "What's in your heart? Do you feel with him while he's in orbit?"The Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage. It's men like Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of all and the fastest man on earth. Pete Conrad, who almost laughed himself out of the running. Gus Grissom, who almost lost it when his capsule sank. John Glenn, the only space traveler whose apple-pie image wasn't a lie.
Publish date: October 30th 2001
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, American History
Trying to clear the decks here with these quick takes on Audiobooks, like I indicated I would be doing yesterday (which also helps from the deep dive I took on Hands Up yesterday, too). --- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Ramón de Ocampo (Narrator)Unabridged Audiobook, 10 hrs., 17 min...
You might have seen the film based on this book, which I loved, but I think I loved the book--a very different creature--even more. I should say up front I'm a big fan of space exploration, the kind of person who has read a bookshelf worth of stuff by and about astronauts, flight controllers, the en...
The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe I wouldn't last one minute as a 1960's test pilot/astronaut, or as the wife of one. The right stuff? I don't have it.
Excellent peak "behind the scenes."
A very readable account of the Mercury program and related events. I really enjoyed Tom Wolfe's style - it has a sort of immediacy to it that is very engaging. I particularly enjoyed the quite unexpected Pete Conrad thread through the narrative. As I read I did wonder how on earth a film could possi...