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Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble.

A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of the corporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist.

A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Fiction & Literature
April 1
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

troyjjensen ,

Fiercely and Instantly Addictive...Wolfe's Best Work

I can still pick A Man in Full up 16 years after I first read it, kick back on the full-recline club chair in my company's jet, and suddenly look up, 3 hours and 4,000 miles from where I started reading it.

Emmet Aloysius ,


Wolff at his best in an absorbing story with good characters and an intriguing story line. I enjoyed much more than Charlotte Simmons. Looking to read more Wolf soon...EAF

Curtis Palmer ,

A man in full

Best book I've ever read the author paints such vivid characters and the storyline is so smooth and rich you can tell that a good portion of this mans life was spent creating this masterpiece a real work of art cover to cover

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