About this book
Tom Wolfe's exploration of 'the right stuff' and the men that have it - astronauts who sit on a rocket and let somebody light the fuse. A funny and vivid book about America's manned space program.
What is it, that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle and wait for someone to light the fuse? Ask a few of the astronauts and find out. They had it. The first Americans in space, battling the Russians for control of the heavens, putting their lives on the line. This book is about the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage.