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The Right Stuff Paperback – March 4, 2008

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“Technically accurate, learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic . . . The Right Stuff is superb.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“One of the most romantic and thrilling books ever written about men who put themselves in peril.” ―The Boston Globe

“An exhilarating flight into fear, love, beauty, and fiery death . . . Magnificent.” ―People

“Absolutely first class . . . Improbable as some of Wolfe's tales seem, I know he's telling it like it was.” ―The Washington Post Book World

“Crammed with inside poop and racy incident . . . fast cars, booze, astro groupies, the envies and injuries of the military caste system . . . Wolfe lays it all out in brilliantly staged Op Lit scenes.” ―Time

“Splendid . . . It shows our propensity to manufacture heroes, and, just as quickly, to forget them; it shows how a scientific program was exploited for political advantage; it provides a revealing character study of seven exceptional Americans.” ―The Saturday Review

From the Back Cover

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.

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  • Lexile measure : 1110L
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312427565
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312427566
  • Dimensions : 5.57 x 1 x 8.26 inches
  • Publisher : Picador; Second Edition, Revised (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: : English
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