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One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2016.
Soon to be a major motion picture.
Before 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, these 'colored computers' used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
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 rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.
©2016 Margot Lee Shetterly (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Anonymous User on 06-20-17

Women and science

A wonderful account of the role of women in the development of space technology. It describes the path to equal opportunity in the United States.

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By manasi on 04-25-17

Exceptional story!

Hidden figures is a great story which has been very well written and narrated. Must read for every one to know perseverance can move mountains even in the most difficult and challenging times ! Motivating !!!

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By Steph Adams on 01-05-17

How did I not know about these women?

This book details the struggles and determination of a group of black women to be recognised for their worth. Brilliant mathematicians, they were housed in their own department and endured humiliating segregation socially despite working alongside white male colleagues.

What's really interesting about this book is that it examines the impact of the women becoming successful- good and bad.

The narrative is provided warmly but the underlying steel of the book shines through the narration and it beautifully brings the story to life.
Highly recommended

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By Suswati on 10-27-17

So much more than the film

I'm so glad that I watched the film first, otherwise it would have been a total disappointment. The book is extensive, and the story of the film seems quite different to the truth. The bare bones are the same: a trio of remarkable women broke boundaries in both gender and race to be part of one of the most historic events in US and even world history - the space race.

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths by hand that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Forget Silicon Valley's misogynistic climate - women were the original engineers and mathematicians.

The book is awash with interesting stories of extraordinary people working in a time of segregation and all pervasive racism. It has multiple layers that delve into each character, and gives a comprehensive context into these women's lives. It basically fills in the gaps of the film, but also changes the timeline considerably as Katherine Johnson was much younger than her colleague Dorothy Vaughan. Nevertheles, an extraordinary read and a great tribute to these invisible women.

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By Anju on 10-05-16

Amazing narration but weak story

What i liked - average story narrated amazingly.

What i disliked - the story is about what happened to the african-american women who helped NASA win the space race and not on how they helped win the race. If you want to read about the how each one of the characters evolved on a personal front rather than what challenges they faced and how they resolved it, then read along.

Average story but Robin did a great job narrating it. Will definitely go down as one of the best narration i have heard on audible.

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By Tracy on 10-01-17

A great story of great women

A fascinating piece of history that needed to be told and was told extremely well.

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