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The right stuff

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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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subject_facetAstronautics -- United States
Astronauts -- United States
title_displayThe right stuff
title_fullThe Right Stuff
The right stuff / Tom Wolfe
title_shortThe right stuff
topic_facetAstronautics
Astronauts
History
Nonfiction
Technology