Hidden Figures by: Margot Lee Shetterly Book Review

hidden-figures-pb-coverHidden Figures
By: Margot Lee Shetterly
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, History, Science, Feminism, Space
Release Date: December 6 2016
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Synopsis: 

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.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

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……G….R……A….V…..I…T…Y

This space thriller filled opened last week on Oct. 4th and it seems like everyone is in LOVE with Gravity. I had added the film to my to-watch list. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney this blockbuster hit has already grossed 55.8 million dollars?? I am strongly upset about two things, one, being I will not be able to see this film for another week, and second being the fact that if I had not accidentally clicked on a link to the trailer of this film on Youtube it may have never even made it onto my radar.

Being a huge fan of all things space related, be it sci-fi or reality, I am buzzing and jumping and itching to see this movie!! I have since been trying to avoid anyone I know who has already seen it , without me, as well as blogs and fan forms in relation to this movie. I bring it up now because while I was looking into more info about Machete Kills on Rotten Tomatoes when of course all of my attention was drawn to Gravity. But a last here ends my pre-viewing rant about this film.

I will try my best to avoid talking about it until my actually viewing, goonies^__^