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The Purple Decades-A Reader Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425103455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425103456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rooney on January 17, 2011
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This book is 21 previously published stories that originally appeared in magazines and were then published in previous collections.

So, this is really a " greatest hits " spanning the years from 64ish until 79ish.

It covers the New York art scene through to an excerpt from the "Right Stuff" on Chuck Yeager.

Some of the pieces are dated but the majority hold up and could have been written last week. Although that isn't correct because there is no one writing for magazines today that come within miles of Mr. Wolfe's ability.

This is a great over view of his articles and is recommended because , oh my, how this man can write, with apologies to John Hiatt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Tedesco on April 2, 2011
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If you're unfamiliar with Tom Wolfe's writing, you're in for a treat. Imagine a gentlemanly fox in a trademark white suit who has the power to look through the clouded glass of current events and see everything within for what they are, or in the case of The Purple Decades, for what they were. Like Voltaire, there's a delicious joy in skewing bombast and hipocrisy. Check to see if the decades in question are of interest to you and then trust Mr Wolfe to deliver his finely honed, razor sharp critiques.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Kozlowski on August 7, 2012
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to Wolfe to get much out of this compilation. This covers a lot of his early journalism pieces. Though they are well-crafted, the people and groups he describes are not that interesting anymore. Maybe in the 70's, they were.... but really, considering all that has transpired in the US since, the complex and quirky personalities, movements and clubs described just don't have much surprise anymore. Many of the pieces just made me wonder why am I reading about this? If you are interested in his work, you would be much better served to read "The Right Stuff," "A Man In Full," and "Bonfire of the Vanities." In those, the same style and research is applied to people that operate within an interesting context and story arc.
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