Classic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" ("The Wall Street Journal") dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism. "On ...Show synopsisClassic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" ("The Wall Street Journal") dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism. "On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."--"Book World"Hide synopsis
Description:Fair. Size: b-4208; spine and edges of front cover are...Fair. Size: b-4208; spine and edges of front cover are blackened, pages edges are extremely dirty and stainedPages are clean and binding is good. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. Quick response.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine + jacket. Book First edition with "First...Near Fine in Near Fine + jacket. Book First edition with "First printing, 1970" stated on the copyright page. Beige cloth binding with dark-brown lettering on the spine. Yellow topstain. Brown endpapers. 153 pages. NEAR FINE book in NEAR FINE + price-clipped dust jacket. Book is bright and clean, tight and square, with no bumping, wear or sunning, but there is scattered faint foxing along the top edge and across the cloth exterior. Interior is flawless except for a small closed tear to the bottom edge of eight consecutive pages toward the rear. No previous owner's signature. Dust jacket is price-clipped and is otherwise Fine. Bright, crisp, clean and unworn with no sunning. Jacket is protected in an archival mylar cover.
Description:Very Good. Has tiny tears top and bottom front page, reader's...Very Good. Has tiny tears top and bottom front page, reader's creases and little tan. Black Rage and White Guilt and outrageous slaps in the face for the NY "Beautiful People". Getting rarer as the years roll by, not many about.
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. 153 pages First edition, first printing....Fine in Fine jacket. 153 pages First edition, first printing. Two long essays. Fine book in a fine dust jacket. Price clipped. A beautiful copy!
Description:Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 5 1/2 X 8 1/8; FIRST EDITION...Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 5 1/2 X 8 1/8; FIRST EDITION STATED FIRST PRINTING THUS, 1970. Published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. USED. NOT AN EXLIB. GOOD CONDITION/ VERY GOOD UNCLIPPED DUST JACKET. Book misses a VG rating due to foxed top edge (does not extend into text block), and Previous owner inscription on front endpaper. The dust jacket is very nice. By Tom Wolfe, author of "The Right Stuff". Will ship from United States.
Description:First edition. Price-clipped. Very Good book in a Good...First edition. Price-clipped. Very Good book in a Good dustjacket. Foxing. "To the only greenhorn I've met in Canada, TW". Possible inscription, although his inscribed initials appear simpler then some of the ornate signatures I have seen. Signed: I Signed by Author.
Description:Very Good + in very good + jacket. 8vo. 153 pp. Two long essays...Very Good + in very good + jacket. 8vo. 153 pp. Two long essays by Wolfe on the cultural battleground scene of late 1960's America. A clean very good plus copy in tan cloth binding in a handsome price-intact dustwrapper. This copy briefly INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title page.
Description:Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author First edition,...Fine. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Publisher's coarse beige cloth, lettered in dark brown; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Milton Glaser. A fine copy, with only hint of wear to the spine ends, bright and fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with a hint of wear to the extremities, a few faint traces of minor soiling, bright panels, unfaded spine. A beautiful copy. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers is Tom Wolfe's fourth book and contains two essays related to the "political stances and social styles in our status-minded world." Specifically, both essays juxtapose Wolfe's perception of white guilt and black rage surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. In the first essay, "Radical Chic, " Wolfe discusses Leonard Bernstein's gathering at which he hosted representatives of the Black Panthers in his New York apartment. Bernstein, a staunch Democrat who often hosted such Civil Rights gatherings, invited his wealthy, socialite friends to see how they could assist the Black Panthers' cause. In "Radical Chic, " Wolfe criticizes Bernstein and his friends, whom he believes only support Civil Rights to keep with popular social trends. In "Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, " Wolfe examines San Francisco's anti-poverty programs, which he argues failed to serve their purpose. Instead of feeding the hungry, Wolfe claims these programs fed poor minority groups' already present rage at the white establishment. The "mau-maus, " a reference to intimidation tactics in Kenya's anti-colonial Mau Mau Uprising in the 1950s, in this case refer to protestors, while the "flak catchers" refer to bureaucrats who ultimately do little more than accept the rage being directed at them. Wolfe is considered, along with his contemporaries Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, and Gay Telese, as part of the burgeoning New Journalism movement, a neologism coined by Wolfe in his 1973 collection of articles The New Journalism.
First of all, this is Wolfe.
Normally that would be enough, but a long time has passed and many may never have heard of him. This is a good introduction.
It all takes place in '60's San Francisco and New York. It is the text that Leonard Bernstein never recovered from.
The second part, about the San Francisco mau-mau, is one of the more hilarious accounts you'll ever come across. It nails at once the SF Liberal, Bureaucrat, and Radical. Fools all.
I know, because I was "present at the creation."
Wolfe doesn't bang on pipes, he merely does what he always does - describe the situation. If anything, his "new journalism" style does the work of pinning tails on these donkeys.
I always envy those who are just discovering Tom Wolfe. I can re-savor, but it's just not the same as that first astounding blast of foot-stomping, joyous prose.
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