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Bestselling novelist Tom Wolfe is considered by some the inventor of "New Journalism." He opened up the world of pop writing by sidestepping traditional rules and trying a more creative process. His work and his manipulation of journalism in a more fictionalized manner helped shape a new school of contemporary journalism which ultimately affected both modern fiction and nonfiction. Most notable in his early career were his satiric takes on NY society. In the 60s, he wrote The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Painted Word, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the acclaimed The Right Stuff. As a novelist, Wolfe became known as a master of pop culture, anticipating trends and seizing cultural moments as they occurred. This reputation came from his most famous novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, which evoked the essence of the 80s society in a way no one had been able to do--and all, just as it was happening.

The new novella, Ambush at Fort Bragg, was serialized in Rolling Stone magazine in December 1996. In Ambush at Fort Bragg Tom Wolfe has managed to evoke the 90s in the same compelling way Bonfire did the 80s. It is timely, relevant and right on the money about many aspects of our culture--the media, the military, the South, discrimination and homophobia. In Ambush, Wolfe has captured and crystallized what is going on around us right now in a way no one else ever could.

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