|aHidden figures|bthe American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race|cMargot Lee Shetterly
|a1st William Morrow movie tie-in trade pbk. ed
|aNew York, NY|bWilliam Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|c2016
|axviii, 349 p|c21 cm
|aIncludes reading group guide (p. 347-349)
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 273-328) and index
|aAuthor's note -- Prologue. -- A door opens -- Mobilization -- Past is prologue -- The double V -- Manifest destiny -- War birds -- The duration -- Those who move forward -- Breaking barriers -- Home by the sea -- The area rule -- Serendipity -- Turbulence -- Angle of attack -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Outer space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- To boldly go. -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Reading group guide
|aStarting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, [this book] 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--Back cover
Movie Tie-In EditionHidden Figures ― The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (movie tie-in)Soon to be a film from Fox Studios starring Taraji P. Henson of Empire and Octavia Spencer of The HelpThe untold true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA who provided the calculations that helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space, told through the personal accounts of four women known as the “colored computers,” set against the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movementBefore John Glenn orbited the Earth or 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 by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these “computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.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 scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America’s most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
Margot Lee Shetterly is a journalist and independent researcher currently developing The Human Computer Project, a collaboration with Macalester College American Studies professor Duchess Harris to create a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American Human Computers. In 2005, she founded Inside México Magazine, which became the most widely distributed English language publication in Mexico. She’s been profiled in the Los Angeles Times and Editor and Publisher, among other publications. She resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Mexico City, Mexico.