Tom Wolfe
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Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, "The Me Decade."

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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Quotes by Tom Wolfe

The Kingdom of Speech By: Tom Wolfe
“In the 1920s and 1930s they hit upon the bright idea of co-opting genetics and treating it as one of the Theory of Evolution’s components.”
A Man in Full By: Tom Wolfe
“One of the few freedoms that we have as human beings that cannot be taken away from us is the freedom to assent to what is true and to deny what is false. Nothing you can give me is worth surrendering that freedom for. ”
Hooking Up By: Tom Wolfe
“You can be denounced from the heavens, and it only makes people interested.”
The Right Stuff By: Tom Wolfe
“A persistent case of the bingos was enough to wash a man out of night carrier landings. That did not mean you were finished as a Navy pilot. It merely meant that you were finished so far as carrier ops were concerned, which meant that you were finished so far as combat was concerned, which meant you were no longer in the competition, no longer ascending the pyramid, no longer qualified for the company of those with the right stuff.”
The Bonfire of the Vanities By: Tom Wolfe
“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”
I Am Charlotte Simmons By: Tom Wolfe
“Loneliness wasn't just a state of mind, was it? It was tactile. She could feel it. It was a sixth sense, not in some fanciful play of words, but physically. It hurt... it hurt like phagocytes devouring the white matter of her brain. It wasn't merely that she had no friends. She didn't even have a sanctuary in which she could simply be alone.”

Best Sellers

    • The Right Stuff

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

    Tom Wolfe describes the inner life of astronauts with almost uncanny empathetic powers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Splendid Narration of One of My Favorite Books

    • By M. Clarke on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Tom Wolfe's classic The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, LSD, and the 1960s, ushered in an era of New Journalism and defined a generation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely well-narrated

    • By JE on 03-29-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,967
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader whose one wrong turn leads to a humiliating fall from grace....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • TEN STARS

    • By JOHN on 08-23-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 883
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 348

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?

    • By Eric on 11-18-04

    Regular price: $41.97

    • A Man in Full

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 35 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The setting is Atlanta, Georgia - a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Michael Pritchard

    • By W. Griffiths on 07-26-18

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Painted Word

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Hillary on 11-27-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • From Bauhaus to Our House

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Dennis McKee
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and Incisive Satire. Wolfe at his Best!

    • By Pat on 07-10-12

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    In these two devastatingly funny essays, Tom Wolfe examines political stances and social styles in our status-minded world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Prophetic

    • By WCB1138 on 05-01-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Pump House Gang

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    A collection of non-fiction essays about the counter-culture of the 1960s that dives deep into the issues that marked the era: female empowerment, increasing freedom around sexuality, vibrant subcultures, and the rise of psychedelic drugs....

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Kingdom of Speech

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Both witty and deep; and brilliantly narrated too.

    • By smarmer on 09-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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