Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Steph Adams on 05-01-17

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Jessica Smith on 15-05-18

Never seemed to get started

Struggled to finish this. I loved the film and this really dissapointed me. It just didn't seem to get started and I had listened to 2 hours.
The reader was clear but I didn't find it engaging. It might be the book or the reader. I am not sure.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 20-06-17

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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3 out of 5 stars
By manasi on 25-04-17

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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