The Right Stuff
First published in 1979 to extraordinary acclaim, Tom Wolfe' s landmark work became an instant bestseller, going on to sell more than 2.5 million copies. It is a true story that is as exciting as the best fiction-- the tale of American heroes Yeager, Conrad, Grissom, and Glenn-- men who were... show more
First published in 1979 to extraordinary acclaim, Tom Wolfe' s landmark work became an instant bestseller, going on to sell more than 2.5 million copies. It is a true story that is as exciting as the best fiction-- the tale of American heroes Yeager, Conrad, Grissom, and Glenn-- men who were willing to put their lives on the line in pursuit of the final frontier. With stunning accuracy and captivating prose, Wolfe recounts the details of the lives of these men, their families, and of NASA' s Project Mercury program. The result is a vivid history that could only be enhanced by actual historic photographs. The Right Stuff Illustrated includes hundreds of photographs and reproductions of documents and memorabilia pertaining to the Project Mercury program, the current events surrounding the program, and the political climate that led up to the missions in the early 1960' s. It' s the perfect gift book for lovers of history and the space program, as well as the millions of fans of The Right Stuff.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: November 22nd 1983
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages no: 367
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, American History
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...