Book Review: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

September 26, 2016

About:
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 non-fiction book about NASA’s African-American female mathematicians.

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  • 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006236359X

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My rat­ing for Hidden Figures 5
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Thoughts:
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 right up my alley. Not only it is about the space program, but also about bright people preserving and making a name for themselves through education and smarts.

The author does an excellent job telling a story through the lens of the time, when Jim Crow laws ruled the day and unabashed racism was something to be proud of.

The story revolves around four determined African-American women, mathematical geniuses who, for all their smarts, the best they could hope for would be a position of a math teacher. These women answered ads for a position of “computer” for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor to NASA. As a computer, they got sheets with large formulas by the engineers and had to compute the outcome.

Hidden Figures was an informative and fascinating read. The author’s work shows what a difficult job these women had, and what an inspiration they were for overcoming the odds.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: October 3, 2016

  • Winners must have a valid e-mail address

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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One Comment

  • Heather J @ TLC Book Tours September 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I can only imagine how difficult life was for these women. I look forward to learning more about them and their contributions and struggles.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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