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Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers
Author: Tom Wolfe
ISBN 13: 9780312429133
ISBN 10: 312429134
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2009-07-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
List Price: $16.00

First published in 1970, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, Tom Wolfe's fourth volume of social commentary consists of two devastatingly funny essays, closely related in theme and substance, dealing with political stances and social styles in a status-mind world. In "Radical Chic," he 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. Tom Wolfe re-creates the incongruous scene--and its astonishing repercussions--with high fidelity. "Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers" follows the white liberal establishment to the other coast, where it encounters the newly emerging art of confrontation, as practiced by San Francisco's militant minorities in response to a highly bureaucratized poverty program.