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Duty and Faith – “The Right Stuff” – Tom Wolfe

July 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Culture, Prose, Writing

Even James Reston of The New York Times had been so profoundly moved by the press conference and the sight of the seven brave men (of the Mercury program) that his heart, he confessed, now beat a little faster. “What made them so exciting,” he wrote, “was not that they said anything new but that they said all the old things with such fierce convictions… They spoke of ‘duty’ and ‘faith’ and ‘country’ like Walt Whitman’s pioneers… This is a pretty cynical town, but nobody went away from these young men scoffing at their courage and idealism.

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