Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.
A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era - and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now Wolfe is back with a pitch-perfect, coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and woolly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium.
"Not A Book In Full"
Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech - not evolution - is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.
"Both witty and deep; and brilliantly narrated too."
No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.
Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
"Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement. This is his sequel to The Painted Word, the book that caused such a furor in the art world five years before. Once again Wolfe shows how social and intellectual fashions have determined aesthetic form in our time and how willingly the creators have abandoned personal vision and originality in order to work a la mode.
"So snarky I kept having to back up and repeat"
In "Radical Chic", Wolfe focuses primarily on one symbolic event: a gathering of the politically correct at Leonard Bernstein’s duplex apartment on Park Avenue to meet spokesmen of the Black Panther Party. He re-creates the incongruous scene - and its astonishing repercussions - with high fidelity. In the companion essay, Wolfe travels west to San Francisco to survey another meeting-ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment. "Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers" deals with the newly emerging art of confrontation, as practiced by San Francisco’s militant minorities.
"I Am Charlotte Simmons"
He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism - and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella - an audio exclusive not available in print - Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit on the world of TV news.
Many among America's wittiest, most perceptive, and popular writers join to read their works aloud at a fundraiser to benefit the homeless. Authors participating include Garrison Keillor, Maya Angelou, Laurie Colwin, Tom Wolfe, and Calvin Trillin.
America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. Tom Wolfe scrutinizes everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to the reasons why no one is celebrating the second American Century. Hooking Up is a chronicle of the here and now. Browse more Wolfe.
"Good and Wolfe-like"
Die Freiheit ist nur 20 Meter entfernt für den kubanischen Flüchtling, der sich auf den Mast einer Luxusjacht vor Miami geflüchtet hat. Aber dann wird er vor den Augen von Millionen Fernsehzuschauern in einer spektakulären Aktion live verhaftet. Und das ausgerechnet vom netten Nestor, einem Polizisten mit kubanischen Wurzeln, der unter den chauvinistischen Sprüchen seiner weißen Vorgesetzten leidet. Die ganze Stadt ist in zwei Lager gespalten: Für seine Familie und Landsleute ist Nestor ein Verräter, für die Weißen ein Held und Musteramerikaner. Soll der kubanische Bürgermeister ihn suspendieren oder mit Orden schmücken? Versaut ihm dieser Idiot die Wiederwahl?