A wonderful novel and perfect book club choice, The Right Stuff is a wildly vivid and entertaining chronicle of America's early space programme. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY US ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY ‘What is it,’ asks Tom Wolfe, ‘that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle...and wait for someone to light the fuse?’ Arrogance? Stupidity? Courage? Or, simply, that quality we call 'the right stuff'? A monument to the men who battled to beat the Russians into space, The Right Stuff is a voyage into the mythology of the American space programme, and a dizzying dive into the sweat, fear, beauty and danger of being on the white-hot edge of history in the making. ‘Tom Wolfe at his very best... Learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic...The Right Stuff is superb’ New York Times Book Review
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The first detailed examination of the role of psychology and the behavioral sciences in space exploration.
Join Grammy® Award-winning guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, and others) as he reveals the techniques and secrets behind his success as one of today's most respected players. This eye-opening look into the mind of a guitar master will add new dimensions to your own playing. Topics include time, tone, touch, and space; triads and dyads; slash chords and chord voicings; using a capo; rhythmic phrasing; comping over bass grooves; and practical tips for all guitarists. This book features standard notation and TAB for all exercises and examples.
A comprehensive study of the training aircraft used to transition the United States military into the jet age. At the end of World War II, high-performance jets with unfamiliar operating characteristics were replacing propeller-driven airplanes. As accident rates soared, the Air Force and Navy recognized the need to develop new trainers to introduce fledgling as well as experienced pilots to jet flight. The first step occurred in 1948, when a two-seat jet trainer, the T-33, was developed with private funds. It was welcomed by the Air Force and subsequently the Navy, allowing both services to start building modern air arms. Over time other new trainers were developed to serve specific needs while innovations, such as high fidelity simulators, accelerated the process, reduced costs, and increased safety. The evolution continues today with the goal of producing high-quality newly winged aviators for assignment to operational squadrons.
Join Grammy(R) Award-winning guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, and others) as he reveals the techniques and secrets behind his success as one of today's most respected players. This eye-opening look into the mind of a guitar master will add new dimensions to your own playing. Topics include time, tone, touch, and space; triads and dyads; slash chords and chord voicings; using a capo; rhythmic phrasing; comping over bass grooves; and practical tips for all guitarists. The DVD features Adam demonstrating everything in the book and more. The book features standard notation and TAB for all exercises and examples. Be sure to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn from a true artist and master of the guitar by using both the book and DVD together! The DVD includes multiple camera angles to isolate the details of Adam's guitar playing and performances of full-length songs. Bonus features include Adam's Music Room, candid interviews in Adam Levy's home studio, rare concert footage, practical playing tips, and two additional song performances (over 75 minutes of bonus footage!). Approx. Running Time: 105 minutes.
From 1894/95-1935/36, pt.6 of each volume is issued separately, with titles, 1894/95-1902/03: Code list of merchant vessels of the United States; 1903/04-1935/36: Seagoing vessels of the United States.
A history of women who were recruited as potential astronauts early in the space race and their attempt to be the first females in space. It tells of their success in the rigorous testing and training and then the ensuing resistance by the male dominated space program. The book offers information on ensuing NASA programs culminating with the successful integration of women in today's space program.
Journalist Tom Charity places THE RIGHT STUFF, the story of America's first attempts at the conquest of space, in its historical perspective, outlining the political context of the space race, the author's original take on the material, and the fiercely conflicting ambitions for the film of director Philip Kaufman and original screenwriter William Goldman. Illustrated.
Subject: Dr. Daniel Corben, Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps Current status: Distracted by sexy, willing female! Mission: Babysit visiting VIP to secure promotion Obstacle: Taylor Milton. Gorgeous. Captivating. His ex! When it's revealed to Daniel that Taylor Milton, whom he nearly proposed to after graduation, is his high-level visitor, he knows he's in trouble. Taylor's a flamboyant risk taker, where he's a cautious realist--it was the reason for their breakup! Now, reunited, something else hasn't changed...their combustible sexual chemistry. In fact, it seems more intense, especially since Taylor is keen to play doctor. Tasked as her official escort, Daniel spends several wild nights keeping an intimate watch on her--until the powerful executive tries to pull rank on him in the bedroom!
Early on, Madalene and Herbert S. Jordan realized they had a common focus in life which could easily be summarized as "Duty, Honor, Country and God." Integrity was the hallmark characteristic of them both. When commitments were made, they were honored...without hesitation. With marriage, the commitments were in the wedding vows, never to be violated, and in religion, the commitment was in the baptismal rite which, again, was never to be violated. For Madalene Marie Driscoll, her commitment to God was made as a baby through the promises of her parents and God-parents. All through her life, she was devoted to the Catholic Church, its teachings and its obligations. She spent much time in prayer, and whenever possible spent time in adoration before the Holy Eucharist. At location after location, Army post after Army post, she sewed cassocks and surpluses for the altar boys. Indeed in most posts from the 1930's on, her boys were altar servers. She was dedicated to reading scripture and religious books, attending novenas and prayed the rosary on basically a daily basis. She frequently went to daily Mass and was a dedicated parishioner in the chapels and churches wherever she lived. Priests treasured her ability to get things done. She always hoped that one of her sons would become a priest, but was pleased to have a nephew and brother who were priests in the Passionist Order, Father Godfrey Poage and Father Louis Driscoll. Herbert Spencer Jordan was raised as a Congregationalist, but following the marriage to Madalene he attended Catholic Mass with the family on special occasions. After their son Bert's sudden death in the Korean War in September 1950, Herbert began studying with a Jesuit priest and in 1951 became a Roman Catholic. He embraced that commitment with total heart and soul, and became a stalwart convert, frequently reading religious books and a lot of religious history. In prayer life, they really became a pair as they had in marriage. Indeed, they embedded in
Delivering the Right Stuff How the Airlines Evolution In Human Factors Delivered Safety and Operational Excellence
- Author : Andrew J. Dingee
- Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
- Release Date : 2018-07-23
- Genre : Business & Economics
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : 9781483487113
Tom Wolfe’s 1979’s novel, The Right Stuff, highlighted how seven test pilots were picked to be part of the Mercury Project. In Wolfe’s book, he documents the enormous risk that these men took to push the envelope and deliver America to be the first on the moon. These men were chosen because of their mental and physical toughness—they were chosen because they had “the right stuff.” As the space and aviation industries matured, they quickly learned that relying on men and women to have the “right stuff” does not work. Several high profile fatal airline accidents led to the creation of a new term—“Human Factors.” Delivering the Right Stuff examines the airline industry’s investigations into Human Factors and details how key findings from aircraft accidents shaped its acceptance of pilot error. It is an evolution that delivered transferrable frontline tools that forged a foundation for safety and operational excellence.