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Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

By: Tom Wolfe
Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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In these two devastatingly funny essays, Tom Wolfe examines political stances and social styles in our status-minded world.

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 in response to a highly bureaucratized poverty program.

©1970 Tom Wolfe (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Prophetic

If you could sum up Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers in three words, what would they be?

Identity politics pay

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the Flak Catcher.

Have you listened to any of Harold N. Cropp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Cropp's delivery is consistently excellent for non-fiction.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That Lyndon B. Johnson created the victim grievance economy with its requisite Mau-Mauing and Flak Catching that we know and love today!

Any additional comments?

Although a satirical account of 1970s politics, the essays proved to be highly prescient and should enjoy a resurgence in light of recent fashionable identity politics movements.

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  • michael
  • RICHMOND, CA, United States
  • 01-05-14

Outstanding

What did you love best about Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers?

This brilliantly told piece of history is one that no doubt many power people hope you'll never find out about. Wolfe's writing is so rich with humor and insight, and the narration is so good, you'll think you're watching a play.

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The master of masters. Tom Wolfe never disappoints

Tom Wolfe's eye for left wing idiocy is legendary. This is a brilliant & timeless examination of the mess that is leftism

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Classic Tom Wolfe -- at his best

I am delighted this title became available on Audible. The narrator does a fantastic job, capturing the nuances of Wolfe's prose and poetry. In today's PC culture, I wonder whether a capable journalist would dare tackle the subject matter, lest he get burned himself in the blowback. But Wolfe tackles it with great aplomb. I was a big Tom Wolfe reader as a kid in college and this book -- Wolfe's prose not the subject matter -- tickled my funny bone and scratched my itch for nostalgia in one fell swoop. I'm off next for the Audible of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby.

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a must read<br />

Breitbart sent me, he called this a must read
I agree. the insight into these minds and tactics is mind boggling.

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Classic articles, first-rate readings

After Tom Wolfe's death, I wanted to try some of his most-recommended nonfiction, and found my way to this audiobook. I think it may be my absolute favorite of all the audiobooks I've ever listened to--a perfect combination of snappy prose and enthusiastic, pitch-perfect reading.

You get two totally indelible portraits of political life in the late 1960s, not in some didactic lesson but in the form of entertaining tableaux. I don't think I'll ever forget the party at Lenny's, or the "shit-eating grin" of the threatened bureaucrat. Four hours extremely well-spent, I've been recommending this one all over.

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Brilliant as Ever

Written with a sharp scalpel. Has not lost its edge. I enjoyed it very much.