Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Young Readers' EditionNow in a special new edition perfect for young listeners, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.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 a...

Details Hidden Figures

TitleHidden Figures
Release DateNov 29th, 2016
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Biography, Historical

Reviews Hidden Figures

  • Susie
    I can't believe I'm saying this, but this is one case where I think it would be beneficial to see the movie version first. The film is full of so much charm as it tells the story of the African-American women who were an important part of NACA, later NASA. The book is much more dry, but if you have seen the film, you will have a much better understanding of the situations that Shetterly describes. Actually, she does a nice job of describing some ...
  • Alysia
    When the ads for Hidden Figures came out last year I was ecstatic. Not only did the movie look great and have a spectacular story to tell, the headliners were black women! I hadn’t seen the movie before starting the book, but I was excited anyway. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. Very disappointed, in fact.I don’t think Shetterly grasped the concept of storytelling. Just because a book is non-fiction doesn’t stop it from being a book....
  • Tnb
    I had huge hopes for this book. Women in science, women in math is such an important topic; so important that one should go beyond expectations. This books does such deservice to all young, budding, bright girls, and to all women who worked hard,inspired one another and persevered in a world set against them.This books reads like a catalog, a fact-stuffed wiki page. It is horrible, just horrible. What a shame.
  • Kelly
    Had to give this three because even though I absolutely loved the story and find the arcs of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson incredibly inspiring, the format and flow of the book made it hard to follow. I frequently had a difficult time remembering which characters had which distinctions, and also keeping the timeline straight. However, the content itself is important and truly hidden from our collective history, so I'm happy ...
  • Ian
    Dorothy Vaughan Mary JacksonKatherine JohnsonChristine Dardenand the many other African American women who worked for NASA.I honor you. To women in general and especially women of colour working in science, engineering and math.I honor you.
  • DeAnna Knippling
    Fabulous. I know some readers are upset that this book doesn't have a novel- or movie-type plot with a main character and all end neatly tied up--but hey. That's life. I thoroughly enjoyed both the details and attitude here. But please do keep in mind that this isn't a biography, but a history.
  • Debra
    3.5 starsBack before Mega computers that did everything for us, there was a group of women (Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden) who answered the call by NASA to become “human computers” who used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. These highly intelligent mathematicians made it possible for NASA achieve their greatest accom...
  • Margie
    I listened to the audio version of this book - the first part was a little slow and boring with a lot of background info of NACA, but I really enjoyed it afterwards when it got into the ladies' early lives and how they were hired at Langley. As expected, these women put up with a LOT of discrimination because they were African-American, but also because they were women going into a "mens" field of work.I learned a lot about the air and space prog...
  • Bea Charmed
    3.5 stars Review To ComeVery, very dry at times; full of scientific and sociological detail. The science stuff tended to make my eyes glaze but the sociological aspects were fascinating, saddening, and inspiring. It really brought home the advantages I have as a white woman. It was also interesting to see how international relations and PR affected the US's desegregation policy. And very little of the material in this both was covered in any of m...
  • Glitterbomb
    This is a very inspirational story about a special group of women, who were integral to seeing America into space.I found the book to be rather dry, there wasn't much of a story, just a whole bunch of facts laid out in a timeline. It made for a rather cumbersome read. 3 stars
  • Jacque
    this was great to share with my granddaughter
  • Sofia
    I was so eager to read this book, the story had so much potential but the book lacks storytelling from the first chapter. I am disappointed.
  • Valentina
    I won't lie, I decided to read this based on how much I enjoyed the movie that came out last year. Although I myself am neither Black nor an engineer, the film version of these legends touched me, to say the least; I can only imagine how the journeys of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson would move Black communities everywhere. After remembering that the movie was based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, I downloaded it to my Kin...
  • Lauren Waters
    This is such an inspiring story of incredible people. I loved reading and learning about the powerful women that worked as human computers during U.S. space exploration. The author also included descriptions of historically significant events with civil rights, gender equality in the workplace and conflicts with Russia.
  • Marilyn
    I loved this book. Can you imagine the conversation in the 40's "I just got a job as a computer". These math wizards were trailblazers and can be inspirations for all young women even today. Lots of great facts and figures about the progression of the space program through the many years and US presidents. Also, men would enjoy this book.
  • Tiffany
    Great story. I knew women worked in programming long before it became a "man's field" but it was interesting to hear about it in more detail. It was also interesting to hear how these women each had their own way of paving the road for future generations. One of my favorite parts is when John Glen said the last thing he needed to be comfortable with going into space was to have Katherine Johnson check the math one more time. What a great complime...
  • Kendra
    Five stars for the story and these women. I found the narrative a bit draggy at times, but overall a well worth it read.
  • Susan
    This book pulled me in almost immediately. While there are lots of names and details, knowing a bit about how the story would unfold kept me going. The extent of the segregation and the achievements that have not been known as far and wide as they should be until now was eye opening. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the movie even though I know it can't live up to the details in the book that I found so engrossing.
  • Megan
    Don't get me wrong, these women are amazing and inspiring and their stories need to be told. However the book was fact, fact, fact, with a lack of a fluid, engaging storyline. In the textbook-like recording of their lives, it is missing a little life, pizazz, spirit. Make no mistake though, it is a good thing that this history is thoroughly preserved.
  • Anna Bagameri
    The book Hidden Figures is a great book. It is based on a true story that no one really knows about. The book show the trouble that colored people have to go throw by white people and this book goes a little deeper this book show what four black women go through and how those four women help us in one of the biggest things that has happened in a country at that time. And how it took so long for them to be equal. It shows that little girls and boy...
  • Royce B
    This book was good. It was historical and scientific dealing with NACA and NASA. The reading age would probably be 5th grade and up because the words are a little difficult. Women are working at NACA as human computers and eventually move to NASA. How does technology evolve? Read the book to find out!!!
  • Gale
    Amazing women, amazing writing, highly recommend!
  • Hannah R.
    It was an overall good book, if you like math and science you would probably like that. I definitely recommend the book to everyone
  • Lori
    This is probably my favorite book I have read so far this year. Definitely a book I plan to have my children read. A fabulous narrative, full of fascinating science and math as well as so much information on the social and work experiences of NACA/NASA employees. The book starts at a much earlier place than the movie (which is also wonderful) and ends at a later point. Well worth seeking out to read!
  • Colleen
    2 StarsHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race was my bookclub's selection for March. I was excited to read it. I first heard about NASA's "human computers" a few years ago on Women's Day, so I was excited to learn more about these overlooked historical figures. The hold list at the library was very long, so I requested every format they had (book, ebook, large print,...
  • Amy Arnold
    I feel like this is a must read. As a white girl from Wyoming, I have learned about the Civil Rights Movement, and I could spout off facts if asked. However, I learned so much more about our country’s history by reading the stories of these incredible women. Their stories give hope in how much has been accomplished during their lifetimes, but also shows how much farther we need to go. They are an inspiration in how much they were able to accomp...
  • Magz
    This book was horrible. I couldn't read it. I thought it was going to be a great story with strong female protagonists. There was barely any dialogue. It was just describing everything that was happening, like a textbook. 1/5 stars
  • Sophia M
    When I received this book as a gift, I was thrilled because I am personally fascinated with space and aeronautics.I found the topics discussed remarkably thought-provoking. The book centers around four African-American women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. Each of the four women had a fascination with mathematics and science. At the time, racial segregation was an ongoing practice in the United States, and...
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars"That's one small step for a man . . . . . one giant step for mankind." - Neil ArmstrongSome of the most famous words of the last century were spoken from the moon. But who knew how much work went into the meticulous mathematical calculations that placed our American astronauts onto the cover of modern history. Some of these hard working professionals were not only trend setters in their field, but they were also young African American w...