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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: Harold N. Cropp Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470834531
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In these two devastatingly funny essays, Tom Wolfe examines political stances, social styles, “black rage,” and “white guilt” in our status-minded world.

In “These Radical Chic Evenings,” 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.

And in “Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers,” Wolfe travels to  San Francisco to survey another meeting-ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment. This time the meeting deals with the newly emerging art of confrontation, as practiced by San Francisco’s militant minorities in response to a highly bureaucratized poverty program.

With his fourth book, which brought the phrase “radical chic” into the cultural lexicon, Wolfe has never been more unflinching with his patented social criticism.

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  • “An appallingly funny, cool, small, deflative two-scene social drama about America’s biggest, hottest, and most perplexing problem—the confrontation between Black Rage and White Guilt.”

    Time

  • “Tom Wolfe understands the human animal like no sociologist around. He tweaks his reader’s every buried thought and prejudice. He sees through everything. He is as original and outrageous as ever.”

    New York Times

  • At Wolfe’s hands the socialites get a roasting they will long remember.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Tom Wolfe at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent.”

    San Franciscio Chronicle

  • “Read it and weep with laughter.”

    Houston Post

  • National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century
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About the Author
Author Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1931–2018) was the author of numerous books considered contemporary classics, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, among others, and several of his books have been made into major motion pictures. He was also a journalist and founder of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He is credited with introducing such terms as “the right stuff,” “radical chic,” “the Me Decade,” and “good ol’ boy” into the English lexicon. A native of Richmond, he earned his BA degree at Washington and Lee University and a PhD in American studies at Yale.

About the Narrator

Harold N. Cropp is the artistic director of Commonweal Theatre Company and holds a BA in theater from Brown, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. He was the 2006 Sally Irvine Award winner for Initiative.