Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

By Tom Wolfe
Read by Harold N. Cropp

4.08 Hours 07/25/2012 unabridged
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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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National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“Read it and weep with laughter.” Houston Post

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Author Bio: Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, Virginia-born journalist and author of more than a dozen books, has been called “the inventor of the New Journalism—and possessor of the age’s most distinctive prose style.” Among his best-known books are such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English