Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians know as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally mat Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians...

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Title:Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Author:Margot Lee Shetterly
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Reviews

  • Amanda Lichtenstein
    Aug 15, 2016
    This was such an extraordinary, exhilarating and important story to tell, but the writing was so dry, repetitive and full of platitudes that it began to dull the edges of this sharp tale. I really hope that the author was able to get through some revisions to work out some of the weakn...
  • Bettie☯
    Dec 02, 2016
    Janelle Mone, Margot Lee Shetterly, and Melissa Harris-Perry on the Importance of Portraying Nuanced Black Female Characters Just WOW, and on so many levels of brilliance. You can take La La Land and give it away to any charity shop, maybe iron it out a bit first. (the dancing...
  • Ben Babcock
    Jan 09, 2017
    No, but seriously, did you expect anything less of a rating from me? This book is kickass. It is literally everything I have wanted in a science history book for a while. Hidden Figures details the lives and achievements of the Black women who worked first as computers, then as math...
  • Amber
    Jul 16, 2016
    Man I really really wanted to like this book. I enjoy nonfiction and I loved the subject matter the author went after. However, this was just so dry. It felt very clinical as opposed to experiencing life with these women. Also some of the facts that the author was trying to get across ...
  • Didi
    Dec 28, 2016
    This is an excellent nonfiction novel to learn about the African-American women who largely contributed to America's race to space. What I especially appreciated was the way Shetterley always grounded the story in history. The reader is always reminded of what else is going on in the w...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Dec 11, 2017
    I did not expect to become tearful upon finishing a history book, especially one about mathematicians and engineers, but I did. Many things had to happen before women were considered to do the work of engineers and mathematicians by the government of the United States: Parents who b...
  • Candi
    Feb 18, 2017
    "In July 1969, a hundred or so black women crowded into a room, their attention commanded by the sounds and grainy images issuing forth from a small black-and-white television. The flickering light of the TV illuminated the women?s faces, the history of their country written in the g...
  • Andrew
    Sep 16, 2016
    From my youth, I have always been interested in the space race. So all the way through reading "Hidden Figures", I was asking myself why haven't I ever heard about the African American Women Scientist involved in the US Space Program from it's earliest days! Margot Lee Shetterly do...
  • Holly
    Oct 18, 2016
    My original "review" was this - two flippant little sentences to serve as a placeholder for an eventual "real" review: Glad that's over. Not bad but strangely boring. (In the interim 8 people "liked" that review IDK why?) Too much time has passed for me to write something detailed, but...
  • David Yoon
    Feb 07, 2017
    Is the story of a handful of remarkable black women who helped move American aerospace technology forward. But their stories aren?t isolated achievements and author Margot Lee Shetterly places us in a larger historical context and intertwines these stories to show how America began t...
  • Julie
    Feb 07, 2017
    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is a 2016 William Morrow publication. America is for Everybody!! It wouldn?t have mattered when or where I happened along this book, I would have loved it!! But, with so many core values at stake in our immediate future, with the contr...
  • Britany
    Apr 09, 2017
    This book was everything I thought it would be, which unfortunately is why I didn't want to read it. So many friends told me that it wasn't what I thought, and one friend literally pushed her copy into my hands, and guess what, my fellow book nerds?? I should've stuck with my gut. N...
  • Myrna
    Jan 05, 2017
    A very well researched book on a fascinating topic very few of us knew about until now. Glad the author brought to light these extraordinarily talented ?human computers?. Be forewarned: this book has lots historical and technical information and not a lot of personal stories. Look ...
  • Kazen
    Jul 02, 2016
    There is so much history that we don't know about. Some of it is hinted at in textbooks - conversations that may have taken place in closed rooms, people who may have helped behind the scenes. These are things we can imagine not knowing. But that there was a group of African-American w...
  • Lata
    Jan 22, 2017
    Short of just gushing about the brainy women featured in this engaging book, I'll say that I wish I could have known some of these women. Coming from a STEM background myself, I found it fascinating to hear about the personal and the professional lives of the women who worked at NACA (...
  • Matthew
    Jun 14, 2017
    How far we have come in the last 100 years! Both scientifically and as people. I know in many ways we still have a long way to go, but this book shows how much has changed for the better through the persistance of those unlikely to be given a chance. Less than 80 years ago, in many ...
  • Calista
    May 01, 2018
    An Amazing book. I saw the movie when it came out and I LOVED the movie. I was excited for the book. I like the book, but it's not a story. Margot Shetterly is writing a history. She is not writing a story - there is a difference. Margot is telling and not showing. She doesn't put us i...
  • Poonam
    Mar 31, 2017
    This is my Book Of the Month- February-March 2017, with GR group- The Reading For Pleasure Book Club, Category: Non-Fiction Group Read. This is one of the most celebrated books of this time and I had very high expectations from this book. I wanted to read this before watching the mo...
  • Bionic Jean
    May 18, 2017
    I first heard of Katherine Johnson just a few months ago, when I was watching a Sci-Fi time travel series on television. ?Timeless? was a lot of hokum, but fun, and interestingly, many of the historical figures in the stories were real, and portrayed as authentically as they could....
  • Lauren Cecile
    Jan 10, 2017
    The book was as amazing as the movie. I had occasion to meet the author who is the niece of one of these remarkable women. It is unbelievable that we did not know about the contributions of these women until now. This shows how history and historians are extremely selective and do not ...
  • Carmen
    Nov 16, 2017
    CARMEN: *sighs* *drinks coffee* Okay, I've put off writing this long enough. Let's do this thing. As a child, however, I knew so many African Americans working in science, math, and engineering that I thought that's just what black folks did. THE GOOD: - Feminism! Smash the...
  • AMEERA
    Mar 05, 2017
    Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow , Wow THIS BOOK HOLY SHIT * AMAZING * ...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Feb 05, 2017
    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly is a book not only about strong women but more. It is a book about society, struggles, overcoming prejudices, spirit, strong will, and brains....
  • Erin
    Feb 02, 2017
    I have to say, I didn't think I would like this book. I mean a book about mathematicians? As someone who hates math with a passion, I did not think I would enjoy it but hey I wanna see the movie so I gotta read the book. OMG!!!! I thought this book was so good, the only reason I di...
  • Obsidian
    Jan 17, 2017
    Wow. Just wow. I saw this movie two weeks ago and was blown away by it. Reading the book just gave me even more details about the African American women who came out as human computers (I had no idea that was where the word computers came from, they computed so were seen as computers) ...
  • Amanda
    Dec 28, 2016
    Hidden Figures tells the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who blazed the trail for others to follow in the fields of mathematics and engineering at NASA. NASA, originally known as NACA (National Advisory ...
  • Kai
    Jan 21, 2017
    ?Even as a professional in an integrated world, I had been the only black woman in enough drawing rooms and boardrooms to have an inkling of the chutzpah it took for an African American woman in a segregated southern workplace to tell her bosses she was sure her calculations would pu...
  • Katie
    Sep 18, 2016
    I want EVERYBODY to read this. It's a story you need to hear. It will move you, it will surprise you, it will frustrate you and it will inspire you. No matter your gender, ethnicity, race or creed, you need this in your life. ...
  • Ashlula Ayse
    Feb 11, 2017
    I liked this book very much. It covers an important time in history when things were changing fast and for the better. It is a product of thorough research and is full of events and anecdotes that make us re-live the tough times black women had to endure during 50s and 60s. The efforts...
  • Truman32
    Oct 25, 2016
    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly should just be a glowing ball of jaw dropping greatness heavily slathered in awesome sauce. Something Marsellus Wallace would keep locked up in a secure briefcase. The subject: black female mathematician?s hidden but tremendously influential imp...