A New York Times bestseller A Los Angeles Times bestseller An Amazon Best Book of 2016 An Entertainment Weekly "10 Books You Have to Read in April" An Elle "8 Books by Women for Bill Gates to Read This Summer" 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards finalist 11 Books to Read If You Loved Hidden Figures-Entertainment Weekly The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women-known as "human computers"-who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.
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"Narrator Erin Bennett does a great job reading this groundbreaking audiobook. Most histories of the rocket era during and after WWII focus on the achievements of men. This audiobook corrects that bias by telling the stories of brilliant women, known as "human computers," who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and made our space and missile defense programs possible. It's a terrific story and well told. It's also good history. Bennett reads at a lively pace, and her sharp, slightly nasal voice keeps the story moving. She varies her tone, and, although she doesn't include character voices, she makes it easy to follow the action with well-timed emphases and pauses that heighten the tension in the story. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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