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

The #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

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Whatever skepticism might have existed among the powers that be about Dorothy’s qualifications, whatever lobbying and advocacy may have been required on Dorothy’s part, the outstanding issue was resolved by a memo that circulated in January 1951. “Effective this date, Dorothy J. Vaughan, who has been acting head of the West Area Computers unit, is hereby appointed head of that unit.” Dorothy must have known it. Her girls and her peers knew it. Many of the engineers knew it, and her bosses eventually came to the same conclusion. History would prove them all right: There was no one better qualified for the job than Dorothy Vaughan.

1 review for Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

  1. Britt Mont

    I saw the movie first and knew I had to pick up the book. An amazing read that provides more detailed information is given about the lives of four Black Human Computers Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden (not seen in the movie). We follow each of their personal lives and careers as they face various levels of discrimination during the Jim Crow era. As you read along, this book will undoubtedly frustrate you but you’ll be inspired as well. It amazes me that we learned the story of the Astronaut wives but somehow our country failed to acknowledge more important contributors simply on the basis of race. There is more that we don’t know about, blacks and other minorities contributions have been omitted from our history books but hopefully, this is the beginning all forgotten stories finding an audience.

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