The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Wolfe
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781429961325
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Release: 2008-03-04
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

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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.

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

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"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

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

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.

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: en

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.

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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Delivering the Right Stuff How the Airlines Evolution in Human Factors Delivered Safety and Operational Excellence

Delivering the Right Stuff  How the Airlines   Evolution in Human Factors Delivered Safety and Operational Excellence
Author: Andrew J. Dingee
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9781483487137
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Release: 2018-07
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tom Wolfe's 1979's novel, The Right Stuff, highlighted how seven test pilots were picked to be part of the Mercury Project. In Wolfe's book, he documents the enormous risk that these men took to push the envelope and deliver America to be the first on the moon. These men were chosen because of their mental and physical toughness-they were chosen because they had "the right stuff." As the space and aviation industries matured, they quickly learned that relying on men and women to have the "right stuff" does not work. Several high profile fatal airline accidents led to the creation of a new term-"Human Factors." Delivering the Right Stuff examines the airline industry's investigations into Human Factors and details how key findings from aircraft accidents shaped its acceptance of pilot error. It is an evolution that delivered transferrable frontline tools that forged a foundation for safety and operational excellence.

Light This Candle

Light This Candle
Author: Neal Thompson
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780307421197
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Crown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

lan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic—the man who hit a golf ball on the moon—he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously. Light This Candle, based on Neal Thompson’s exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard’s family and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s life. Among the first men to fly off aircraft carriers, he was one of the most fearless test pilots. He endured long separations from his devoted wife and three daughters to fly dangerous missions, working his way up the ranks despite clashes with authority over his brazen flying maneuvers and penchant for risky pranks. Hugely competitive, he beat out John Glenn for the first Mercury spaceflight and then overcame a rare illness to return to space again on Apollo 14. He took every challenge head-on and seemed to win every time. Long overdue, Light This Candle is a candid and inspiring account of a bold American life.

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.

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
Author: Philip Kaufman
Pages: 288
ISBN: PSU:000015946294
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Release: 1988
Editor: Unknown
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.

Test Gods

Test Gods
Author: Nicholas Schmidle
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781250229748
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Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the spirit of The Right Stuff, updated for the 21st century, Test Gods is an epic story about extreme bravery and sacrifice, about the thin line between lunacy and genius. Most of all, it is a story about the pursuit of meaning in our lives—and the fulfillment of our dreams. Working from exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic’s campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters—Mark Stucky, Virgin’s lead test pilot; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in a fatal crash; and others—through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal: to make space tourism a reality. Along the way, Schmidle weaves his relationship with his father—a former fighter pilot and decorated war hero—into the tragedies and triumphs that Branson’s team confronts out in the Mojave desert as they design, build, and test-fly their private rocket ship. Gripping and novelistic, Test Gods leads us, through human drama, into a previously unseen world—and beyond.

Motel Chronicles

Motel Chronicles
Author: Sam Shepard
Pages: 110
ISBN: 9780872861435
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Release: 2001-01-01
Editor: City Lights Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a live legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist, and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond

Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond
Author: Valerie Neal
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780300227987
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Release: 2017-06-27
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An exploration of the changing conceptions of the Space Shuttle program and a call for a new vision of spaceflight. The thirty years of Space Shuttle flights saw contrary changes in American visions of space. Valerie Neal, who has spent much of her career examining the Space Shuttle program, uses this iconic vehicle to question over four decades’ worth of thinking about, and struggling with, the meaning of human spaceflight. She examines the ideas, images, and icons that emerged as NASA, Congress, journalists, and others sought to communicate rationales for, or critiques of, the Space Shuttle missions. At times concurrently, the Space Shuttle was billed as delivery truck and orbiting science lab, near-Earth station and space explorer, costly disaster and pinnacle of engineering success. The book’s multidisciplinary approach reveals these competing depictions to examine the meaning of the spaceflight enterprise. Given the end of the Space Shuttle flights in 2011, Neal makes an appeal to reframe spaceflight once again to propel humanity forward. “Neal may be the one person who knows the space shuttle program better than the astronauts who flew this iconic vehicle. Her book casts new light on the program, exploring its cultural significance through a thoughtful analysis. As one who lived this history, I gained much from her broader perspective and deep insights.”—Kathryn D. Sullivan, retired NASA astronaut and former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “A much needed look at how to create a cultural narrative for human spaceflight that resonates with millennials rather than the Apollo generation. Quite valuable.”—Marcia Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com

The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too

The Right Stuff Comes in Black  Too
Author: Thomas Mensah
Pages: 114
ISBN: 1618565192
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Release: 2014-03-11
Editor: Bookwhirl.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

I was very fortunate to have met the "Incredible Dr. Mensah, A Genius " as Ebony Magazine describes him because as an Executive at Verizon Wireless Corporation a Giant in the Telecommunication and Internet, space I know first-hand what Fiber Optics has meant to our industry and anyone who uses the smartphone or mobile devices to access our modern day internet. Fiber Optics impact on the explosive growth of the Internet globally is incalculable. Fiber Optics, one of the key innovations in this century, has brought us companies in the Social Media space like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and helped launch search companies like Google Inc, etc. These companies rely on fiber optics to transmit Voice, data, video, photos, etc. at the speed of light. Dr. Thomas Mensah is one of the key innovators and inventors of Fiber Optics, with 7 patents awarded in six year time frame. These patents led to the spread of fiber optics in the US and abroad, due to the reduction of manufacturing costs of the fiber that led to the replacement of copper cables with this more efficient media with greater bandwidth. Dr. Mensah can be placed in the same category like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Vint Cerf of Google, Elon Musk of space X and Steve Jobs of Apple all great innovators in the Internet age. His inventions produced ultra strong optical fibers used in undersea cables that connect continents and countries, thereby extending the global reach of the modern day internet. Charles Henry, Vice President Verizon Wireless.