Ben Rich's Skunk Works is a fascinating read, it's thought-provoking, funny, inspiring and thoroughly interesting throughout. The book charts Rich's rise through Lockheed's Skunk Works, from the ground floor to the penthouse suite. The chapters cover many different projects that Rich was involved in throughout his career, some headed by Kelly Johnson (Rich's mentor and a big cheese in aviation) and some headed by Rich himself as Johnson's successor.
At times you'll be reading in disbelief, the innovation and ingenuity of the Skunk Works is beyond comprehension. To think that this technology was around many moons ago, veiled in secrecy, makes you wonder what soars above our very heads in the present day.
Anyone who has an interest in aviation most probably has this book already, but really I feel that there is a much wider appeal. In reading Skunk Works you'll gain an understanding of Cold War history, and the extreme levels of secrecy it induced, business management, international incidents like the Gary Powers' capture, and of course you'll learn about aviation. But perhaps most importantly, you'll have read an absolute whirlwind of a story, one that'll have you thinking you're reading a fiction in the same vein as The Minority Report, Telling stories of impossible technologies.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, literally anyone and everyone, except maybe people I don't like, but even then I'd feel like I was robbing them of a mind-blowing read. The fact you're even on this page means at the very least that the cover induced a little interest. And in my mind that pretty much guarantees you'll enjoy reading it. So treat yourself, treat a friend, buy two, you won't regret it.