The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff peerlessly profiles the test pilots who became the world-famous Mercury Seven at the dawn of the American manned space program.
Wolfe’s retrospective is most notable for its warts-and-all approach to these iconic figures, capturing in equal measure their colossal bravery and colossal arrogance, the combination of which gave them the confidence to pursue such courageous achievements.
The Right Stuff is also a grand showcase of Wolfe’s groundbreaking journalistic style, which made him a legend in his own right. A remarkable read by a remarkable writer, celebrating a remarkable group of men.