Naomi K.

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  • Rise of the Rocket Girls

  • The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
  • By: Nathalia Holt
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an insightful history of what women can accomplish

  • By Katherine on 10-25-16

Interesting subject; poorly written

2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I'm a little disappointed this book wasn't better written. These women's stories are so interesting, but the author took this really cold approach to writing them and then the clumsily peppered in humanizing moments just felt really flat and awkward. I don't think I'd recommend this one.

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