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Tom Wolfe
TOM WOLFE "The Right Stuff" 1st Ed SIGNED by Tom WOLFE, John GLENN, Chuck YEAGER
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 1979. First edition, First Printing.Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine in archival protective cover. Original cloth with titles to the spine in silver. SIGNED by Tom Wolfe with his usual flourish on the half title page, additionally signed by test pilot Chuck Yeager and by John Glenn; one of the Mercury Seven. As such, an extraordinarily RARE volume. Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero." "One of the most romantic and thrilling books ever written about men who put themselves in peril." (The Boston Globe). Listed by Modern Library as one of the top 100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; In Dust Jacket]
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