‘The Right Stuff’ recap: This is not a game (‘Single Combat Warrior’)

In his 1979 bestselling book “The Right Stuff,” journalist Tom Wolfe wrote about the Mercury 7 astronauts as being the last of the single-combat warriors.

“The men chosen for this historic mission took on the archaic mantles of the single-combat warriors of a long-since-forgotten time. They would not be going into space to do actual combat … [but] they were risking their lives for their country, for their people, in ‘the fateful testing,'” Wolfe wrote.

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