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 adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
After watching the movie, I had to read the book. The book wasn't what I thought it would be with the typical dialogue and such. But it was better than I expected. It's full of factual history not only to do with space and aviation, but with what was currently going on in the political climate with racism and prejudice during these time yet showing breakthroughs within the workplace.
In all surprise to me, I think it was helpful and beneficial for me to watch the movie first...I think this is one of those few movies where you can watch or read first, as long as you do the other as well. Unlike other books and movies like The Help, where it is imperative to read the book first for obvious reasons...I don't think the same applies to this book and movie. I found the book educational on many levels. I highly recommend this read, and the movie!
As far as the movie goes, the directing, the casting, and production was great!
I recommend both!