Book review: ‘Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race,’ wonderful, important picture book for preschoolers

Parents need to know that “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” is a picture book version of the inspirational true story now well known from the award-winning film, and previously published as a best-selling book for adults and a young readers’ edition for 8-to-12-year-olds. The four African-American women featured in the book were, as the book repeatedly puts it, “good at math. Really good.” They overcame discrimination during the Jim Crow era of segregation laws in the South, and excelled as human “computers” at NASA, working on the complicated calculations required to design and test new airplanes during WWII, and later rockets for the space race. The book includes a timeline, bios of the four women, and a glossary explaining words like aeronautics, sonic boom, and turbulence. It also explains segregation and civil rights history.

How author Wolff got into Trump's White House for tell-all book

WASHINGTON - Author Michael Wolff's pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included a working title that signaled a sympathetic view, a counter-narrative to a slew of negative news stories early in Donald Trump's presidency. He called it "The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration." And in part due to that title, Wolff was able to exploit an ...

National Park Service releases 'gap analysis' for future decision-makers

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service on Wednesday released a plan to identify gaps in the current National Park System to better inform future decision-makers – including the incoming Trump Administration -- of options that more fully represent the nation’s natural and cultural resources, and the experiences of all Americans.