Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genres: Non-Fiction, History
Narrator: Robin Miles
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes
Publication Date: 6th September 2016
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“#1 New York Times Bestseller
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
Oscar Nominated For Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.
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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I had this one on hold at my library for a while but then lockdown happened and the libraries all closed. But, then the audiobook came up as recommendation and couldn’t let the opportunity go by.
Hidden Figures wasn’t quite what I was expecting but I’m glad that I listened to the audiobook. The story and characters were very interesting, and I was intrigued to read about the enormous difficulties the characters faced in this book, but man did I struggle with the writing. It was just so dull and tedious and at times I thought I wasn’t going to be able to continue to the end. But I did and I’m glad. This is definitely a book I would suggest reading but only if you have the patients to get past the writing and prepared to delve into the story.
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