Ambush at Fort Bragg (CD)

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He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism — and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella, published to critical acclaim in Rolling Stone magazine, Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit on the world of TV news...

Ambush at Fort Bragg

As the producer of a prime-time TV newsmagazine, Irv Durtscher fancies himself the Federico Fellini of ...

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Overview

He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism — and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella, published to critical acclaim in Rolling Stone magazine, Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit on the world of TV news...

Ambush at Fort Bragg

As the producer of a prime-time TV newsmagazine, Irv Durtscher fancies himself the Federico Fellini of television journalism. For who else can draw 50 million viewers, satisfy the network's gluttony for profits, and advance the cause of social justice? The only problem is that no one else recognizes Irv's genius. Instead, all the accolades go to the blonde bombshell anchor who won't give balding, near-sighted Irv the time of day. But suddenly Irv has chance to break the most sensational story of his career — one that will surely catapult him into the national spotlight and into Madame Bombshell's heart.

For months the wheels of justice have ground to a halt as three soldiers from Fort Bragg have categorically denied that they savagely beat and murdered a member of their company because he was gay. Now, Irv Durtscher, self-proclaimed soul of a soulless industry, is poised to expose the truth. With a fortune in surveillance equipment, he has infiltrated a bar near Fort Bragg, in the hopes that the unwitting soldiers will hang themselves on videotape. What he gets is pure dynamite. But Irv's story won't be complete until he arranges to ambush the three young toughs and show them the footage. What happens when one of New York's media elite confronts the Lords of Testosterone?...not what you think.

Ambush at Fort Bragg is classicWolfe — a blistering send-up of one man's drive for fame and glory and the outrageous lengths to which the media will go to showcase their version of the truth.

A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia School of Theatre Arts, Edward Norton's film credits include Everyone Says I Love You, The People Vs. Larry Flynt and Primal Fear, for which he received an Oscar nomination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553455687
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 4.93 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. (cum laude), Washington and Lee University, 1951; Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 1957
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Is that it?

    I kept waiting for the punch, the suprising twist, the gotcha moment when the real story would unfold. But there was no such moment. I suppose there doesn't always have to be such a moment, but without it I admit I feel a little let down. Perhaps I've been conditioned by too many Law and Order episodes on TV and too many Stephen King books. Have I come to the place where a simple examination of human drive gone awry isn't enough for me? I am a journalist -- I write for a metropolitan daily newspaper -- and even the exposing of the foibles of television news wasn't titillating enough for me. I'm ashamed to admit it, but when I read (or listen to) a book for entertainment, I want a little more oomph! If you're a bit more high-brow than I am, perhaps you'll enjoy this one a little more. As for me, I feel... well... ambushed. I was brought into this tale expecting one thing, only to come out of it confronting things I never intended to confront about myself! Given that, maybe the book wasn't so bad after all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    WELL CRAFTED LOOK AT DIVISIVE ISSUE

    Frequently overlooked this short piece of fiction is some of the best work Tom Wolfe has written. In only a few short pages, Wolfe not only highlights why homosexuals in the military is an issue that continues to divide, he also reveals that the character traits of the military that frustrate a more equal policy are also the same qualities that make the US military an effective fighting force. As a army brat a strong supporter of the military and gay rights I found thsi work to be tremendous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    'Bad, Bad, Bad!'

    A truly pointless and self-indulgent piece of writing (I'd have given it a negative rating if one was allowed)! Shallow, inane characters, inadequate 'back story' on an already thin plot, droning, endless monologues from the irritating main character/narrator,...etc., etc., etc. Only 2 redeeming qualities here -- Edward Norton's reading (great voice, great accents) and the dead-on description of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg (As a NC native, I know!)...and for this you'd do better to rent 'Primal Fear' and buy a NC map!

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