First of all, as usual, the book is nothing like the movie. The movie was more of a narrative story of a few women. The book had those stories woven through the greater story: history. The book follows the history of NACA researching flight as it turns into NASA and the work it took to put a man on the moon. And also the work it took to have black women integrated into professional roles. This book touches on many subjects and brings them all into a single story. It covers history from just after World War I into World War II and the Cold War. It speaks toward the feminist movement and civil rights. We are given a taste of the math and science research that goes into NACA and then NASA, but in a very reachable way that never went over my head. We see all this through the eyes of men and women who lived it and made these historical events happen, even though they had no idea that they would play integral parts in history and sadly, many Americans still don’t know how these “hidden figures” contributed to the world as we know it today. Read this book to educate yourself and also to meet these amazing people.
I read this as part of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017 for “all point-of-view characters are people of color”.