Barbara J. The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe is a book situated at the intersection of inflammatory and ignorant. Best known for, perhaps, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities -- which were both made into major films — Wolfe offers his readers a non-fiction account of the evolution of speech in his latest book — or, rather, its non-evolution, because Wolfe denies that speech has evolved. For Wolfe, speech is an artifact, a construction of our minds, an ability with no animal precursor that gloriously set us apart wholly from all other creatures. It's a mnemonic, he says, a memory aid.
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The story of the first seven American astronauts, compared and contrasted with the life of Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier. But this is far more than just a biography of names, dates and places. Wolfe delved deep into what it meant to be a Test Pilot in the years after the Second World War; how these men thought, and talked, and lived and sometimes died. If this book had been written in the s or s, it would have been science fiction; but it goes far beyond any goshwow pulp melodrama.
They were the first African American pilots to shoot down German jets on a mission. They earned Distinguished Unit Citation of the war because of their heroism that contributed to the nd Fighter Group's. James T. Wiley was apart of the Tuskegee Airman and talks about his experiences.
But it was not bravery in the simple sense of being willing to risk your life. No, the idea. There was a seemingly infinite series of tests. Until now, Tom Wolfe's biggest writing problem has been to find the proper marriage between his subjects and his witty, hyperbolic, shotgun style. But when he was bad, he was.