New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterlys book is now available in a new edition perfect for young readers. This is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country....
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Hidden Figures Reviews
This is such an inspiring story of incredible people. I loved reading and learning about the powerful women that worked as human computers during U.S. space exploration. The author also included descriptions of historically significant events with civil rights, gender equality in the workplace and conflicts with Russia.
I feel like this is a must read. As a white girl from Wyoming, I have learned about the Civil Rights Movement, and I could spout off facts if asked. However, I learned so much more about our country’s history by reading the stories of these incredible women. Their stories give hope in how much has been accomplished during their lifetimes, but also shows how much farther we need to go. They are an inspiration in how much they were able to accomplish and contribute in an age that discriminated aga ...more
This book pulled me in almost immediately. While there are lots of names and details, knowing a bit about how the story would unfold kept me going. The extent of the segregation and the achievements that have not been known as far and wide as they should be until now was eye opening. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the movie even though I know it can't live up to the details in the book that I found so engrossing.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race was my bookclub's selection for March. I was excited to read it. I first heard about NASA's "human computers" a few years ago on Women's Day, so I was excited to learn more about these overlooked historical figures. The hold list at the library was very long, so I requested every format they had (book, ebook, large print, audio book) hoping to get one in time. Unfortunat ...more
3.5 stars Review To Come
Very, very dry at times; full of scientific and sociological detail. The science stuff tended to make my eyes glaze but the sociological aspects were fascinating, saddening, and inspiring. It really brought home the advantages I have as a white woman. It was also interesting to see how international relations and PR affected the US's desegregation policy. And very little of the material in this both was covered in any of my history classes in high school or college. That ...more
This is a very inspirational story about a special group of women, who were integral to seeing America into space.
I found the book to be rather dry, there wasn't much of a story, just a whole bunch of facts laid out in a timeline. It made for a rather cumbersome read.
Had to give this three because even though I absolutely loved the story and find the arcs of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson incredibly inspiring, the format and flow of the book made it hard to follow. I frequently had a difficult time remembering which characters had which distinctions, and also keeping the timeline straight. However, the content itself is important and truly hidden from our collective history, so I'm happy to have read and begun to appreciate how amazing t ...more
this was great to share with my granddaughter