Hidden Figures and Leaving Orbit are two new releases that will take you from the beginnings of the space race to the modern state of NASA and space flight. Hidden Figures follows the lives of four African American mathematicians who participated in many of NASA’s greatest successes from WWII to the Cold War. Leaving Orbit centers around the shuttle launches in 2011 that marked the end of the shuttle program; through those launches we get the story of space flight’s past and what can be expected of its future. Each of these books tells a supremely interesting story of the human capacity for greatness and curiosity, but taken together you can the full scope of what we must overcome to achieve that monumental greatness.
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it
The #1 New York Times bestseller
-WINNER OF ANISFIELD-WOLF AWARD FOR NONFICTION
-WINNER BLACK CAUCUS OF AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST NONFICTION BOOK
-WINNER NAACP IMAGE AWARD BEST NONFICTION BOOK
-WINNER NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE COMMUNICATION AWARD