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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Hidden Staircase
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 31/128 pages
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy
Progress: 71 %
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

Hidden Figures progress: 41%.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly, Robin Miles

Through its inability to solve its racial problems, the United States handed the Soviet Union one of the most effective propaganda weapons in their arsenal. Newly independent countries around the world, eager for alliances that would support their emerging identities, and set them on the path to long term prosperity, were confronted with a version of the same question Black Americans had asked during WWII. Why would a Black or Brown nation stake its future on America's model of democracy, when within its own borders, the United States enforced discrimination and savagery against people who looked just like them?


Hmmm. Still relevant.