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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed - Ben Rich


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This isn't about investing, but there's a lot about running an effective company culture, what good management is, how bureaucracy and inefficiencies can creep in, etc.


It's the memoirs of an engineer, who eventually became the boss, as Lockheed's Skunk Works secret R&D lab. Among other things, they created the U2 spy plane, the F117A stealth plane, the SR-71 Blackbird recon plane (Mach 3 at 85,000 feet!), and other cool stuff (a stealth ship, more recently the F22).


I really enjoyed it. Gave it an "A" in my own rankings. If you enjoy aerospace stuff it's a must, full of good anecdotes about both operations sorties and engineering problem-solving.



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