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Hidden Figures : The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped - by Margot Lee Shetterly (Paperback)

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About the Book



"Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, [this book] follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future"--Back cover.



Book Synopsis



The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space--a powerful, revelatory history essential to our understanding of race, discrimination, and achievement in modern America. The basis for the smash Academy Award-nominated film 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.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future.

-WINNER OF ANISFIELD-WOLF AWARD FOR NONFICTION
-WINNER BLACK CAUCUS OF AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST NONFICTION BOOK
-WINNER NAACP IMAGE AWARD BEST NONFICTION BOOK
-WINNER NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE COMMUNICATION AWARD



From the Back Cover



The #1 New York Times bestseller

Now a Major Motion Picture from Twentieth Century Fox

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space

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.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally math teachers in the South's segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam's call during the labor shortages of World War II. With new jobs at the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, they finally had a shot at jobs that would push their skills to the limits.

Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden--four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future.



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"Much as Tom Wolfe did in "The Right Stuff", Shetterly moves gracefully between the women's lives and the broader sweep of history . . . Shetterly, who grew up in Hampton, blends impressive research with an enormous amount of heart in telling these stories--Boston Globe

"Meticulous... the depth and detail that are the book's strength make it an effective, fact-based rudder with which would-be scientists and their allies can stabilize their flights of fancy. This hardworking, earnest book is the perfect foil for the glamour still to come."--Seattle Times

"Restoring the truth about individuals who were at once black, women and astounding mathematicians, in a world that was constructed to stymie them at every step, is no easy task. Shetterly does it with the depth and detail of a skilled historian and the narrative aplomb of a masterful storyteller."--Bookreporter.com
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Social Science, Science, History
Sub-Genre: African American
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Language: English
Street Date: December 6, 2016
TCIN: 51502603
UPC: 9780062363602
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5965
Origin: Made in the USA
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews
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3 recommendations

Great book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Lynn - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
My 14 year old daughter had read the young adult version from the school library but wanted to read the real version. I got this for her Easter basket and she was very happy. She’s already finished it!
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Racism still exists sadly ...

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ginger1276 - 9 months ago
Best movie no less! Great story about 3 black women back in the old days who were a very integral part of our history in getting us (America) to the moon. Great story of truth & how the times back then but even today are racially divided by so many to the point that credit owed & well deserved hasn't been recognized & awarded even in today's society. Sad truth about racism & the actual living reality that blacks in society struggle with on a continuous basis which is beyond arrogant & just plain stupid how human beings think that something as superficial as race should b at the forefront of any one person & how we treat them. Nonetheless on eof the best depictions of this story I've ever read or seen told based on simple fa ya so that u can decide for urself what ur thoughts are on the ignorance & racism that exists all around us on something so silly honestly as the color of our skin. Children IMHO should seriously run this country & we would b so much better off if they did. L8tr!
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A powerful movie

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Gima - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
This movie should be seen by as many people as possible. It is a real eye opener and exposes how badly people were and can be treated. Kudos for John Glenn, a Christian, who had confidence in Katherine the person, not the color of her skin.
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