Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space

Book - 2016 | Young readers' edition, first edition.
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Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "Human Computers," calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these "colored computers," as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these "computers," personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world -- and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: Young readers' edition, first edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062662385
Branch Call Number: 510.9252 SHETT
Characteristics: 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lee Shetterly, Margot


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Jun 20, 2017

Really wanted to enjoy this book. Subject was very important and should still be read by young readers, especially girls. However, content seem to be lacking emotional depth for this subject matter. I would still recommend it.

Jun 19, 2017

Interesting and inspiring book for young readers. I highly recommend it for ages 9-14.

Apr 15, 2017

What an interesting and incredible story! I can't wait to see the movie now.

Apr 12, 2017

What an amazing story!

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 08, 2017

An important and inspiring story told, unfortunately, in a relatively uninspired manner.

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Mar 07, 2017

tml387 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 08, 2017

The cruelty of racial prejudice was so often accompanied by absurdity, a tangle of arbitrary rules and distinctions that subverted the shared interests of people who had been taught to see themselves as irreconcilably different.


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