The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 448
ISBN: 1429961325
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Release: 2008-03-04
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781448181971
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Release: 2018-06-11
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A wonderful novel and perfect book club choice, The Right Stuff is a wildly vivid and entertaining chronicle of America's early space programme. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY US ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY ‘What is it,’ asks Tom Wolfe, ‘that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle...and wait for someone to light the fuse?’ Arrogance? Stupidity? Courage? Or, simply, that quality we call 'the right stuff'? A monument to the men who battled to beat the Russians into space, The Right Stuff is a voyage into the mythology of the American space programme, and a dizzying dive into the sweat, fear, beauty and danger of being on the white-hot edge of history in the making. ‘Tom Wolfe at his very best... Learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic...The Right Stuff is superb’ New York Times Book Review

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 436
ISBN: 9780099479376
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Release: 2005
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"What is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan, or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse? I decided on the simplest approach possible. would ask a few of the astronauts and find out- 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. he 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 Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage. "

All the Right Stuff

All the Right Stuff
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780062114280
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Release: 2012-04-24
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tackles the social contract from a teen’s perspective in his novel All the Right Stuff. In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem, with the depth that defines his writing career. After his father is shot and killed, Paul Dupree finds a summer job at a Harlem soup kitchen. Elijah, the soup man, questions Paul about tough life choices, even though Paul would rather be playing basketball. Over the summer, Paul begins to understand the importance of taking control of your life. All the Right Stuff includes a Q&A between Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman, coauthor of Kick.

The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 450
ISBN: 4871871169
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Release: 2020-03
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Men first flew into space in 1961, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of that adventure: namely, the perceptions and goals of the astronauts themselves, aloft and during certain remarkable odysseys on earth.

Right Stuff Wrong Sex

Right Stuff  Wrong Sex
Author: Margaret A. Weitekamp
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0801883946
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Release: 2005-12-09
Editor: JHU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

space program and the rise of the women's movement in America.

Left Brain Right Stuff

Left Brain  Right Stuff
Author: Phil Rosenzweig
Pages: 435
ISBN: 9781847659736
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Release: 2014-02-06
Editor: Profile Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dozens of books have been published recently on the errors and biases that affect our judgments and choices. Drawing on cognitive science, their lessons are excellent for many kinds of decisions - consumer choice and financial investments, for example - but stop short of addressing many of the most important decisions we face in management, where we can actively influence outcomes and where competitive forces mean we have to outperform rivals. As Phil Rosenzweig shows, drawing on examples from business, sports and politics, this sort of decision-making relies on mastering two very different abilities. First, the analytical problem-solving skills associated with the brain's left hemisphere; and second, what Tom Wolfe called 'the Right Stuff': the ability to take calculated risks. Bringing fresh and often surprising insights to topics including confidence and overconfidence, the uses and limits of decision models, leadership and authenticity, expert performance and deliberate practice, competitive bidding and new venture management, Left Brain, Right Stuff, the myth-busting follow-up to The Halo Effect, explains how to perform when making even the most difficult decisions.

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Charity
Pages: 95
ISBN: UOM:39015040572532
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Release: 1997-09-26
Editor: British Film Institute
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Journalist Tom Charity places THE RIGHT STUFF, the story of America's first attempts at the conquest of space, in its historical perspective, outlining the political context of the space race, the author's original take on the material, and the fiercely conflicting ambitions for the film of director Philip Kaufman and original screenwriter William Goldman. Illustrated.

NASA s First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection

NASA   s First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection
Author: David J. Shayler
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9783030457426
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Release: 2021
Editor: Springer Nature
Language: en

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The New Right Stuff

The New Right Stuff
Author: Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides
Pages: 186
ISBN: 1720273634
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Release: 2018-09-13
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Loretta Whitesides takes you on a deeply personal journey to be the person you have always wanted to be. Whether your mission is to be the first person on Mars, or to be an awesome steward of Spaceship Earth, this book will help train you to be effective, present and connected in your personal and professional life. Filled with stories from across the space industry, exercises and assignments it will guide you as you take the next steps on your path to fulfillment, self-expression and joy.

Choosing the Right Stuff

Choosing the Right Stuff
Author: Patricia A. Santy
Pages: 324
ISBN: UOM:39015031820908
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Release: 1994
Editor: Praeger Pub Text
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first detailed examination of the role of psychology and the behavioral sciences in space exploration.

Fate is the Hunter

Fate is the Hunter
Author: Ernest K. Gann
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780671636036
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Release: 1986-07-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ernest K. Gann’s classic memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. In his inimitable style, Gann brings you right into the cockpit, recounting both the triumphs and terrors of pilots who flew when flying was anything but routine.

The Purple Decades

The Purple Decades
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 418
ISBN: 9781429955003
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Release: 1982-10-01
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tom Wolfe's The Purple Decades brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the complete text of Mau-Mauing and the Flak Catchers, his account of the wild games the poverty program encouraged minority groups to play.

All the Right Stuff

All the Right Stuff
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0061960896
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Release: 2013-04-23
Editor: Amistad Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

After his father is killed in a shooting, Paul volunteers at a soup kitchen where he hears about "the social contract" from an elderly African American man, and mentors an unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a scholarship.

The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby

The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1429961031
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Release: 2009-11-24
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"An excellent book by a genius," said Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., of this now classic exploration of the 1960s from the founder of new journalism. "This is a book that will be a sharp pleasure to reread years from now, when it will bring back, like a falcon in the sky of memory, a whole world that is currently jetting and jazzing its way somewhere or other."--Newsweek In his first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) Wolfe introduces us to the sixties, to extravagant new styles of life that had nothing to do with the "elite" culture of the past.

NASA s First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection

NASA s First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection
Author: David J. Shayler,Colin Burgess
Pages: 587
ISBN: 3030457419
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Release: 2020-08-21
Editor: Springer
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Unofficially they called themselves the TFNG, or the Thirty-Five New Guys. Officially, they were NASA’s Group 8 astronauts, selected in January 1978 to train for orbital missions aboard the Space Shuttle. Prior to this time only pilots or scientists trained as pilots had been assigned to fly on America’s spacecraft, but with the advent of the innovative winged spacecraft the door was finally opened to non-pilots, including women and minorities. In all, 15 of those selected were categorised as Pilot Astronauts, while the other 20 would train under the new designation of Mission Specialist. Altogether, the Group 8 astronauts would be launched on a total of 103 space missions; some flying only once, while others flew into orbit as many as five times. Sadly, four of their number would perish in the Challenger tragedy in January 1986. In their latest collaborative effort, the authors bring to life the amazing story behind the selection of the first group of Space Shuttle astronauts, examining their varied backgrounds and many accomplishments in a fresh and accessible way through deep research and revealing interviews. Throughout its remarkable 30-year history as the workhorse of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration, twice halted through tragedy, the Shuttle fleet performed with magnificence. So too did these 35 men and women, swept up in the dynamic thrust and ongoing development of America’s Space Shuttle program. "This book on the Group 8 Astronauts, the TFNGs, is an excellent summation of the individuals first selected for the new Space Shuttle Program. It provides insight into what it took to first get the Space Shuttle flying. For any space enthusiast it is a must read." - Robert L. Crippen PLT on STS-1

A Man in Full

A Man in Full
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 742
ISBN: 1429960698
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Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble. A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of the corporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist. A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Left Brains for the Right Stuff

Left Brains for the Right Stuff
Author: Hugh Blair-Smith
Pages: 474
ISBN: 0996434534
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Release: 2015-09-30
Editor: Sdp Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What made the Space Race possible? What made it necessary? How close a race was it? And what did it achieve? The answers are connected in surprising ways. Left Brains for the Right Stuff briefly summarizes the history of three technologies-rockets, navigation, and computers-and recounts how they were woven into the rise and rivalry of superpowers in the twentieth century. President John F. Kennedy inherited a small Space Race and transformed it into a Moon Race by creating the Apollo program (..". achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon ..."). To make it an "offer" the Soviet Union couldn't refuse, he added, "We choose to go to the moon ... not because [it is] easy, but because [it is] hard." Apollo won the Moon Race and, combined with the Space Shuttle, won the Space Race, which did much to win the Cold War and preserve the momentum of American leadership that had been created in World War II. Many big companies worked on those programs, and so did a small academic research laboratory. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Instrumentation Laboratory ("the Lab") was the creation of one man, Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, who invented inertial navigation. Author Hugh Blair-Smith was a staff engineer at the Lab from 1959 through 1981. Trained as an electronic engineer and computer scientist, his two-pronged expertise contributed to both the hardware of spacecraft computers and the programming that had to make the most of their limited resources. This is a history, an inside story, and a riveting account of the Space Race, studded with startling insights into causes and effects. In those exciting years, Blair-Smith joined many thousands of people in cooperating gladly, generously, and passionately to add electronic left brains to the Right Stuff. Their creations answered the long-sought quest for "a moral equivalent to war."

Radical Chic and Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers

Radical Chic and Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 160
ISBN: 142996118X
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Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The phrase radical chic was coined by Tom Wolfe in 1970 when Leonard Bernstein gave a party for the Black Panthers at his duplex apartment on Park Avenue. That incongruous scene is re-created here in high fidelity as is another meeting ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment, in Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.

Space for Women

Space for Women
Author: Pamela Freni
Pages: 210
ISBN: UOM:39015054376168
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Release: 2002
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A history of women who were recruited as potential astronauts early in the space race and their attempt to be the first females in space. It tells of their success in the rigorous testing and training and then the ensuing resistance by the male dominated space program. The book offers information on ensuing NASA programs culminating with the successful integration of women in today's space program.