If you’ve seen the film version of Hidden Figures, then you already know how uplifting and inspiring this story is. The book version is equally uplifting and inspiring.

There are several differences between the book and the movie, though. The book is much more detailed, both in terms of the number of women discussed and in terms of the history and focus of the work they did. If you’ve only seen the movie, you’re only familiar with the work the women of West Computing did for the space program. The actually story as told in the book starts much earlier, in the build up to World War II, and goes much later, into the development and deployment of the space shuttle.

Frankly, the book has a lot less entertainment, humor, and drama than the movie. This doesn’t make it any less important. The stories of these ladies and how they overcame the obstacles of a prejudiced society is worth reading.

I gave Hidden Figures five stars on Goodreads. By broadening the historical time frame and expanding the number of women in the story, this book gave me an even deeper appreciation of the contribution these ladies made to our military, our space program, and our society.