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The actual truth behind the so-called “hidden figures” of the early space race

It is Monday, and thus the news in the morning is somewhat slim. With this in mind I offer my readers some worthwhile history, a long review dubbed “The Portrayal of Early Manned Spaceflight in Hidden Figures: A Critique. The actual review is available here [pdf].

The review uses primary source material, the actual words of the engineers and managers who worked next to black mathematician Katherine Johnson at NASA in the 1960s (both new and old writings and interviews), assessing the historical accuracy of Margot Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures, which essentially claimed that Johnson was a central figure making possible the entire American effort land on the Moon, and whose credit was purposely squelched because she was black, and a woman.

Not surprisingly, you will find that claim to be absurdly false. Not only was Johnson only one of many who did the work, she was treated then fairly and with respect. If anything, her place at NASA was proof that the agency was a forceful part of the civil rights movement, working to give qualified people of all races a fair chance.

Thus, the effort of modern leftist revisionists, led by Barack Obama when he gave Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, to smear America and NASA in the 1960s as racist and bigoted in supposedly suppressing Johnson’s participation is not only unfair, it is an outright lie. If anything, her magnification to star status by today’s politicians, historians, and the entertainment industry has acted to discredit the work done by the many others who worked side-by-side with her, as co-workers.

If you’ve got the time, read the critique. It will not only teach you something about the behind the scenes effort that made the lunar landing possible, it will help you recognize the bigoted dishonesty that is so rampant in today’s intellectual and political culture.

Hat tip to reader Chris Dorsey for letting me know of this review.

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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  • Richard M

    Oh wow. This is by Charles Murray?

    That gives it instant credibility. No one has written a better overall history of the Apollo program.

  • Robert Pratt

    No problems with Charles Murray but the best book I have read about the Apollo program is our good host’s book Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8. Seriously, I think it is the most engaging and big picture book of any I have read.
    A shameless plug for Zimmerman:

  • Doubting Thomas

    Thank you for providing a great view into history and an insight in how factual history is twisted into propoganda.

  • Steve Richter

    Reviews of both the movie and book on Amazon are overwhelmingly positive. Especially when you look at the most recent reviews.

  • Yeah, I had some trouble believing that she was the person that invented calculations for basic trajectory – heck, even October Sky showed that kids had mastered that concept and could use it without difficulty long before that point.

    I realize that the need to add in a 3rd dimension to that problem would be more complicated, but that’s not the way that either the movie – or the book – showed it.

  • David

    Perhaps folks can send truths to DJT suggesting he take immediate action on 01/20/2025 to reclaim the medal from her family! I mean it sounds like you have decided that Murray’s analysis is the real final word. No need to do any followup. This case is closed.

    Anyone who was around back then knows America’s space program in the 60’s was a beacon of inclusiveness and tolerance. Just like pretty much most organizations of any size back them. Racism by then was part of the past. Heck, just point doubting folks to images from then. You lose track counting all the minority astronauts who flew on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights.

    And the minority men and women who held senior positions and so for forth in the programs? Numbers beyond measure…

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