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As if this is not enough, the book touches on Chuck Yeager's exploits in the X-1 when breaking the sound barrier in October 1947 and also gives an account of the achievements of the X-15 Spaceplane and its pilots.
The book tells of the hero worship that the Mercury Seven and their wives received (especially John Glenn and Alan Shepherd), including ticker tape parades, meeting the President and addressing Congress. This is hard to believe today in an age when we take space travel for granted. But it also goes into detail of the mission foul ups of Scott Carpenter and Gus Grissom and tells many anecdotes of great interest that Wolfe obtained by interviewing flight and non flight members of Project Mercury. A great book, I cannot fault it.
This is one of the most unusual and best non-fiction books I have ever read. The film version of this book is also ground breaking. I love this book.
One thought expressed in the book, and the film, is when someone says the astronauts are only doing what a monkey can do (because eveything is automated) but as Yeager points out: A monkey does not know he is sitting on a rocket that could explode at any moment, unlike the astronaut.
In an age we have footballers portrayed as heroes simply for kicking a ball or advertising perfume, and soldiers wanting to sue for stress, it is refreshing to read about true heroes in an age when celebrity actually meant something.
In the tradition of the true-life novel we follow the characters from their early years as trainees through the trials and humiliations of the selection process and on towards their personal triumphs in the space programme right up until the end of the Mercury programme. Alongside this, the fortunes of other no less brave (but largely unregarded) test pilots are contrasted, as well as the wretched experiences of the wives of great men.
It also has a lot to say about the birth of "Celebrity Culture" with regard to the exalted status the original seven Mercury astronauts immediately received in the American public view of the time, despite having at that time done little more than volunteer and attend a press conference.
Fabulously well written, THE RIGHT STUFF is a very satisfying read and is rightly considered a modern classic. Fascinating stuff.
Summary: an extraordinary book.
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A little repetitive. But interesting. These men were of a unique culture. Modern Spartans. Inspiring and daunting.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
'The Right Stuff' shares the first place of 'bestest books ever about planes' with Hamilton-Patersons' Empire of the Clouds. A lot of people know the former, few know the latter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Baerends
The prose as some have mentioned is perhaps a little off putting! Perhaps you enjoy dynamic, exciting, action! And you love exclamations marks! And Drama! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris
This still remains the go-to book if you want to find out what motivated the men of the early space programme; the days when it really was the wild frontier full of unknowns. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Schofield
FANTASTIC, SECOND READ AFTER IT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE 70's and IT WAS EVEN BETTER READING IT NOW. DEFINATELY MOST A FIVE STAR READ.....Published 13 months ago by vicky de rivera