The best book I've read on the Skunk Works. Having worked with this organization shortly after Ben Rich retired, I only wish could have read this book at that time to better understand the culture and history that Kelly Johnson had established there. And in many ways continues today. I see evidence of Kelly's "14 rules" in the development of new projects even now. The history laid out in Ben Rich's book shows both the positive and negative sides of what our Milatary-Industrial-Complex had become at the time. These lessons are equally applicable today. A must read, not just for those of us in the field, but but all the public to better understand the sacrifices made by so many for this country.