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The Purple Decades [Paperback]

Tom Wolfe
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20 Oct 2005
The Purple Decades brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the best from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic, From Bauhaus to Our House, The Right Stuff and the complete text of Mau-Mauing and the Flak Catchers. An essential introduction to the non-fiction writing of the inventor of New Journalism.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (20 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099479362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099479369
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Wolfe was born in 1931. He has written for The Washington Post and The New York Herald Tribune and is credited with the creation of 'New Journalism'. Between 1984 and 1985 Wolfe wrote his first novel The Bonfire of the Vanities in serial form for Rolling Stone magazine. The novel was published in 1987. It was number one of the New York Times bestseller list for two months and remained on the list for more than a year. He is the author of sixteen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

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'The inventor of New Journalism-wielding his terrible swift satirist sword' -- Newsweek

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'The inventor of New Journalism-wielding his terrible swift satirist sword' Newsweek

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Social Observer. 25 Nov 2010
By Vince
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For me, nobody today--in journalism or fiction--writes with the intellectual and literary sophistication that Tom Wolfe brings to all his work, both fiction and journalistic essays. Wolfe is an astute and sharp observer of inflated human pretensions and folly. He gently mocks the human vanity in all of us, not to offend, but to show and reform. His book: Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers(included in the Purple Decades) must be the funniest and most acute observation of self-deluding human vanity in non-fiction today. The Purple Decades is a selection of Wolfe's best non-fiction work from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, and is the perfect introduction to his work. It is ideal for "dipping into" and is a book I keep by the bedside.
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