CNN Interviews Tom Wolfe: Today's shuttle astronauts still have 'The Right Stuff'

July 8th, 2011


Tom Wolfe: Today’s shuttle astronauts still have ‘The Right Stuff,’ but Congress lost interest in the space program on 7/20/69

July 8th, 2011

ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s OFF-SET questions is Tom Wolfe, author of such cherished bestsellers as “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”; “The Pump House Gang”; “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”; “The Painted Word”; “Mauve Gloves & Madmen”; “Clutter & Vine”; “From Bauhaus to Our House”; “The Bonfire of the Vanities”; “A Man in Full”; “Hooking Up”; and “I Am Charlotte Simmons.”

In 1979 Wolfe completed a book he had been at work on for more than six years, an account of the rocket airplane experiments of the post World War II era and the early space program focusing upon the psychology of the rocket pilots and the astronauts and the competition between them. “The Right Stuff” became a bestseller and won the American Book Award for nonfiction, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Harold Vursell Award for prose style, and the Columbia Journalism Award.  Read More…