Thorndike Press

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

  • Nathalia Holt
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  • ISBN-10: 1432837745
  • ISBN-13: 9781432837747
  • DDC: 920
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 520 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released January 2017
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A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of April 2016

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 mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and made exploration of the solar system possible.


Customer Reviews

An excellent contribution to American history, valuable not only for what it reveals about the space program and gender equality but even more as great reading. Books clubs will be lining up.

— Booklist (starred)

Holt seamlessly blends the technical aspects of rocket science and mathematics with an engaging narrative, making for an imminently readable and well-researched work.

— Library Journal (starred)

Engaging history. . . . a fresh contribution to women's history.

— Kirkus Reviews