So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Hidden Figures tells you what you need to know-before or after you read Margot Lee Shetterly's book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly includes: Historical contextChapter-by-chapter overviewsDetailed timeline of key eventsProfiles of the main charactersImportant quotesFascinating triviaGlossary of termsSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures is the incredible true story of the female African American mathematicians who helped America dominate the skies-and space. The book has become a New York Times bestseller as well as a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Responding to labor shortages during the 1940s, NASA recruited a group of highly intelligent female "calculators" who, with pencils, paper, and slide rules, transformed airplane, rocket, and satellite designs, and ensured a World War II victory. Despite working at the height of Jim Crow, these women rose up and became integral to the project that put the first man on the moon. From World War II to the Cold War to the civil rights movement to the space race, Hidden Figures tells the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden-four remarkable women whose contributions to science led to some of NASA's greatest successes. The summary and analysis in this eBook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.