Very good book, very interesting. Compared to the movie, there is much more background on the day-to-day racism they experienced outside of Langley and much more detail about their work and others they interacted with.
Marcia C. reviewed Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race on + 596 more book reviews
Wow, this book is so well written and engaging that I want to tell all my women friends to read it. The social background about opportunities, limits and social life for African Americans in the South in the 1930s, 1940s and later is superbly presented. I did not see the movie, but it's clear why producers thought it would make a compelling drama. Highly recommended for anyone interested in women's place in society and in the history of civil rights in America.
This book is fascinating - involving a group of women, specifically black women, who worked at NACA (NASA's predecessor) as "computers" during WWII and beyond. A story I had never heard before the movie was being publicized. While it's not a quick/easy read with all the scientific references, it is a wonderful look back at history (in which I grew up). The struggles and accomplishments of these women are truly an inspiration to all.
Rachel A. (ra7) reviewed Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race on + 987 more book reviews
This is going to be a hard book for me to rate. It's very technical and took me almost the whole month to get through. But, the story it told was an important one. I consider myself educated and this was a story I was completely clueless about. Not anymore. Dorothy, Katherine, Mary, and Christine's stories are out there now. Hopefully, more people will read this book and educate themselves. Hopefully, each gets their own biography since there is (I think) much more to learn about them as individuals.