Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race [PDF] ❤ Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race By Margot Lee Shetterly – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This is the amazing true story of four African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program Soon to be a major motion pictureBefore John This is the The American PDF Í amazing true story of four African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in Hidden Figures: PDF/EPUB ² our space program Soon to be a major motion pictureBefore John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group Figures: The American MOBI · of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and Figures: The American Dream and PDF/EPUB or astronauts into space This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who lived through the Civil Rights era the Space Race the Cold War and the movement for gender euality and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • Margot Lee Shetterly
  • English
  • 24 July 2016
  • 9780062798954

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

  1. Amber Amber says:

    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 were so repeated their value lost meaning Bummer because it could have been SOOO good

  2. Carmen Carmen says:

    CARMEN sighsdrinks coffeeOkay 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 didTHE GOOD Feminism Smash the patriarchy Sisters are doin' it for themselves Break down those race barriers I'm totally on board with this messageEven on board with calling attention to something that most Americans are ignorant about Women's roles and black people's roles in NASA during the Space Race and WWII The simple fact that this news was shocking to a lot of people means this story is important and should be told The fact that it was made into a movie is even better because let's face it a lot of people don't read books Black history in America beyond going over the Civil War and slavery and MLK Jr ad nauseam is as Shetterly points out hidden Or perhaps hidden is too active of a word Completely ignored and disregarded might be better It's very important to have books like thisTHE BADBut I'm here to review books BOOKS So I have to review this as a book not as an ideal or a concept or an 'important work for society' I mean is this book important? Yes it is important Is it good that it was written? Yes it is good that it was written and even better that Hollywood picked it upIs it well written? NO No it is notI'm sorry to say this I wanted to love it But Shetterly is not a good writerI mean she's competent The book isn't STUPID and it isn't abysmal trash with bad grammar and poor spellingBut she is a poor writer for a plethora of reasons1 She is unable to distinguish characters from one another I literally could not tell you the difference between Dorothy Katherine and Mary What they did what their roles were it all blurred together due to Shetterly's inability to develop characters or personalities for any of them 2 She often switches from person to person and from time period to time period in the same chapter This is confusing and annoying and just adds to the inability to differentiate the three women focused on here3 The book is almost mind numbingly boring The details on math and science are one thing I can get through that but overall even when talking about racism or segregation Shetterly is boring and not engaging This is horrible the subject material in this book is naturally interesting IMO It should not have been such a struggle for Shetterly to make this book interesting I often found myself wondering how she could make such an interesting topic so boring4 She is not a good writer I was getting so frustrated with her terrible writing Again it was not any grammar spelling or sentence problems Instead it is her schmaltzy emotionally manipulative and bogged down writing style which was grating my cheeseLet me give you some examples Katherine listened intently as her brother in law described the work her thumb cradling her chin her index finger extended along her cheek the signal that she was listening carefullyWhy would she? Ugh Seeing this in non fiction is really jarring For one thing she was reporting on a conversation she was not present at Secondly she is hearing about it from someone who is relating something that happened nearly 60 years ago Third it's just bad writing I mean look at it So bad Why would you feel the need to put a sentence like this in your book? Spaceship flying computers might be the future but it didn't mean John Glenn had to trust them He did however trust the brainy fellas who controlled the computers And the brainy fellas who controlled the computers trusted THEIR computer Katherine Johnson It was as simple as eighth grade math by the transitive property of euality therefore John Glenn trusted Katherine JohnsonCarmen massages her temples Stop just stop Ugh this writing is atrocious For one thing It was as simple as eighth grade math by the transitive property of euality What the heck is Shetterly doing? Does she think this is cute? I just can't with this Secondly why is Shetterly pushing this so hard? Glenn asked the men to check the numbers The men asked Katherine because she was competent and smart Shetterly shouldn't feel the need to play this up as if Glenn went to Katherine Johnson herself and humbly put his trust in her to double check the numbers He didn't He gave the work to some men and they shunted it to her because she had skillz That makes this EVEN MORE POWERFUL in the context of the book Why try and manipulate the reader into having some feelings about 'strong revered' white astronaut Glenn going hat in hand to a black woman computer for trusted essential information? What about this particularly egregious passage? Many years later Katherine Johnson would say it was just luck that of all the computers being sent to engineering groups she was the one sent to the Flight Research Division to work with the core of the team staffed on an adventure that hadn't yet been conceived But simple luck is the random birthright of the hapless When seasoned by the subtleties of accident harmony favor wisdom and inevitability luck takes on the cast of serendipity Serendipity happens when a well trained mind looking for one thing encounters something else the unexpected It comes from being in a position to seize opportunity from the happy marriage of time place and chance It was serendipity that called her in the countdown to John Glenn's flightWHY WHY Shetterly doesn't have to do this She doesn't have to get all schmaltzy and whimsical when describing this I'm reading this and looking like oO what are you going on about Shetterly? In short Shetterly's writing style really grated on me I thought it was terribleNow I really enjoyed the talk about race segregation and what was going on with how black Americans were treated during the '40s '50s and '60s It was or should have been a fascinating topicThe absolute best parts of the book were when Shetterly uoted other sources Which is a very bad sign While we were forming mobs to drive an Autherine Lucy the black woman who integrated the University of Alabama in 1956 from an Alabama campus the Russians were compelling ALL children to attend the best possible schools opined the Chicago DefenderOr Who can say that it was not the institution of the Jim Crow School that has deprived this nation of the black scientist who might have solved the technological kinks delaying our satellite launching? wrote the paper's editor and publisher Charles H LoebOr Eighty percent of the world's population is colored the NACA's chief legal counsel Paul Dembling had written in a 1956 file memo In trying to provide leadership in world events it is necessary for this country to indicate to the world that we practice euality for all within this country Those countries where colored persons constitute a majority should not be able to point to a double standard existing within the United StatesOkay but Carmen if not for Shetterly's hard work and initiative this story would never have come to lightTrue And it is importantSo lay offNo sorry A badly written book is a badly written bookTL;DR I give Shetterly points for working hard to research this book get it published and call attention to this important brushed aside part of American history That's why this isn't getting one starBut the writing is poor Dull meandering sentimental and muddy A terrible way to write a non fiction book IMO I wonder what this book might have become in capable hands Not that we would ever know because of course Shetterly was the sole cause of this coming to light kudos to her but in the hands of someone with writing talent this could really shineIf you didn't bother to read the book but instead watched the film I have to say you are not missing much Rare words from this book lover Others were in the full bloom of youth their eyes like diamonds reflecting a bright futureTerribleUPDATE 11242017Okay I saw the movie It was much better than the book Excellent cast Skip the book and see the movie Might be one of the very few times I say this

  3. Katie Katie says:

    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

  4. Lauren Cecile Lauren Cecile says:

    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 stray from the pre established political narrative I'm sure there are countless other untold stories about women and minorities Thanks to Margot Shetterly for introducing us to these sheroes of rocket science of all things

  5. Julie Julie says:

    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 contributions of the best and the brightest on the line this story reminds us of why we need maths and science and how much we can accomplish if we all work together as people with a common goal in mind The work of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden at a time when women and minorities were not treated eually nor given the credit they so obviously deserved is a testament to what can happen if you forge through barriers focus on your goals and meet challenges with determination grace and dignity The excitement of the space program and the rapid advances of the time jumped off the page and hammered home the powerful impact these ladies had It is also frustrating that their contributions were buried for so long The segregation and humiliations they endured while common for the time period is no less outrageous and still raised my ire at the absurdity of itBut ultimately the author gives us a special insight into what inspired these exceptional women highlighted their many talents their personal convictions and led us on an exciting journey that paved the way for so many of the wonderful achievements of our country The book is meticulously researched well written and achieves its ultimate goal Mathematics and science are cool and not just for guys which is a misconception we still fight off today No matter how late in coming the accolades these women are now receiving is sure to promote a vigorous interest in these fields as the become a role model for future generationsIt is important than ever that we fight for science that we continue to promote education for all and remember those who came before us who paved the way and made sacrifices so we can enjoy the way of life we have now This is a fascinating book rich in details both historically and technically some of which sailed over my head a little but that only encouraged me to learn I highly recommend this book to everyone no matter what genre you typically prefer reading This book is a learning experience and an extremely interesting peak at the 'behind the scenes' beginnings of the space program proving that every person’s role and contribution is important and makes a difference Best of all it’s a true story I can’t wait to see the movie now I’ve heard it was really good5 stars

  6. AMEERA AMEERA says:

    Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow WowTHIS BOOK HOLY SHIT AMAZING

  7. Amanda Amanda says:

    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 Committee for Aeronautics began hiring women during WWII as female computers These women essentially did the work of mathematicians but were labeled as subprofessionals in order to be paid less In 1943 there was a push to hire ualified black women because the demand could not be satisfied with white employees only I particularly enjoyed how this book focused on the individual stories of each woman I was so inspired by the sacrifice determination and intelligence of these ladies The book incorporates the history that coincides with the stories moving from WWII and aviation research to the Cold War and the Space Race The book focuses a lot on the Civil Rights Movement and the push to end school segregation At the onset of the story the black mathematicians are forced to work on the west side of the Langley campus until the 60s when integration occurs One uote from the Chicago Defender that stood out to me follows While we were forming mobs to drive Autherine Lucy the black woman who integrated the University of Alabama in 1956 from the Alabama campus the Russians were compelling ALL children to attend the best possible schools It's disheartening to imagine all the brilliant minds that never realized their potentials because of factors like race gender and income My favorite anecdote was when the astronauts didn't uite trust the calculations of the electric IBM computers In one instance John Glenn reuested that Katherine Johnson referred to as the girl personally double check the numbers for the trajectories of the orbital mission Great nonfiction read particularly recommend for females interested in STEM

  8. Amanda Lichtenstein Amanda Lichtenstein says:

    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 weaknesses in the writing because the story is so important it's about African American women in the South who because of the war are temporarily able to secure jobs as 'human computers' at NACA which later becomes NASA despite living in a Jim Crow era of extreme racism and segregation The convergence overlap of the lives of these women with the collective dreams of the nation and its obsessive space race are fraught with contradiction and celebration It's really exciting to see how the Langley Research Institute continues to grow and expand over the arch of the story and to see how the laws transform during the course of these women's careers Yet the tone is at times so flowery and glib that the women become caricatured heroes as opposed to complex women in extraordinary times I wish the writing was creative narrative driven and sensory to give us a real sense of who they really were as opposed to casting them as emblematic symbols of a people and a nation I am actually excited in this case that there's a major motion picture bc I think it'll bring the narrative structure into clearer relief the lives of the main characters Dorothy Katherine and Mary are so intertwined and overlapping that it's hard to keep track of whose story is being told at any given moment The author bounces around and combined with the intensive technical language whole passages are muddled with confusion Still it's a fascinating moment in US history and these women's stories are truly remarkable

  9. Kai Kai says:

    “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 put a man on the Moon”I don't even read nonfiction if it doesn't involve making of Harry Potter books which I still consider fiction in a way So this was a good change for onceI'm not sure when I first heard of this story I'm not even 100% sure if I discovered the book before I heard about the film adaption but I think I didAll in all this book was highly informative though I think I would have enjoyed it if I was interested in science space and aerodynamics My understanding for these topics is lacking which is the reason why I often skimmed some overly technical paragraphsHowever the life stories this book depicts are awe inspiring and moving and this is what I'm here for Strong and educated women of every race and heritage jumping over metaphorical fences taking a stand breaking down stereotypes making a career proving that they have the brains it takes to work in one of the most prestigious scientific facilities in the world and everywhere else as well All of that while so many hindrances were put in their ways because of their gender because of their race Because of prejudice ignorance and hateThis book shows and reminds us that there are people who take opportunities and master them with grace people who hold doors open for the less fortunate and give them a chance to shine people who value bravery and kindess than anything elseThis is what made this book worth readingI'm so excited for the film I've been excited for months and can't wait to finally see it There's a high probability of goosebumps and tearsFind of my books on Instagram

  10. Candi Candi says:

    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 great diversity of their features and hair and skin color which ranged from near ivory to almost ebony hues of beige and coffee and cocoa and topaz filling in between Some of the women were approaching their golden years the passage of time and experience etched in their faces and bearing Others were in full bloom of youth their eyes like diamonds reflecting a bright futureHidden Figures is a remarkable account of a small number of intelligent hard working driven and admirable African American women who made significant contributions to the Space Race and to the fields of math science and engineering At a time when many parts of the United States still practiced segregation and racial prejudices were still widespread their story is even extraordinary What a day it must have been for those women standing in that room in 1969 as the culmination of their dedication and perseverance was about to peak as the first man made his way to the moon This book is thoroughly researched and introduces us to four of these gifted women and their stories as they took the plunge into careers as mathematicians or ‘computers’ as they were called before the age of information technology and digital electronics Author Margot Lee Shetterly also provides us with many details of the civil rights movement school segregation and eventual integration and the aeronautic industry Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden faced obstacles and discrimination in the workplace as they lived in a country where being a white male provided the best probability of euitable pay and chance of advancement However their brilliant minds did not go unnoticed and they garnered the respect from their coworkers and supervisors that they undeniably deserved Their fighting spirits led them to opportunities that were previously unimaginable And yet they still faced the ugly reality of “colored only” bathrooms and cafeteria tables in the workplace It is extraordinary to think that while these women worked at a place as technologically progressive as Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Virginia that this same state was steeped with the injustice imposed by the Jim Crow laws The government fought against integrating schools even to the point of closing down schools that attempted to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Brown v Board of Education Some schools offered incentives to black families that agreed to enroll their children in the black districts Virginia a state with one of the highest concentrations of scientific talent in the world led the nation in denying education to its youthI feel I should mention just a couple of minor uibbles I had which kept this from being a 5 star book for me First I had hoped to feel of an emotional or personal connection to these four awesome ladies This piece was missing perhaps because we didn’t really get to learn as much about how they felt but rather about what they did Second the narrative jumped around uite a bit – both in time and between individuals I think a linear story with sections devoted to the individual women would have worked better for me Nevertheless it is a truly inspirational story that I think everyone should discover – whether through this book or by watching the movie which I have yet to do myself I think the best experience would include both I want to be an engineer like my mother Levi Jackson to his mom Mary Jackson – what a proud mom moment those words must have provided back in 1960

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