Hidden Figures

By Margot Lee Shetterly

This #1 New York Times bestseller tells the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.  The book is as much about the advances and science done at NACA and NASA as it is about the black women who were an integral part of this piece of history.  It is a book full of details and many readers may find it an interesting read as well.  Shetterley's prose shines the best on the minutia of the women's lives, but the parts about NACA/NASA are also interesting--and Shetterley's explanations of the mathematics and aeronautics is masterful.