"The Right Stuff"
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The paper refers to Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff", the non-fiction novel about the individuals and organizations responsible for launching America beyond the stratosphere of Earth. The paper explains the title 'The Right Stuff' as a catchall allusion to the indefinable combination of abilities, presentation and disposition expected of that exclusive class of pilot. The paper attempts to convey the set of qualities that was that rare intercession of fearlessness and brilliance which drives every great man forward.
From the Paper:"In the 1960's, the American space program represented the pinnacle of military achievement, with those training to take human evolution to this next tier of awareness required to exhibit the best and most infallible of qualities. As Tom Wolfe reveals in The Right Stuff, his non-fiction novel about the individuals and organizations responsible for launching America beyond the stratosphere of Earth, the pilots being trained to take those first leaps into space were informed in their actions and motives by both the cultural demands of the highly bureaucratic world forming around the program and the extremely rigorous physical, intellectual and emotional prerequisites of forging ahead thusly. This complex tapestry of elusive qualities, found in different permutations in figures such as John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Chuck Yeager, is described variably throughout the novel as the 'right stuff.'"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Wolfe, T. (1979). The Right Stuff. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
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