Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed Audiobook, by Ben R. Rich Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478907183

Publisher Description

From the development of the U-2 to the stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America’s high-stakes quest to dominate the skies, Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation.

As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from Air Force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the twentieth century.

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  • “Dynamite—the true story of one of America’s crown jewels!”

    - Tom Clancy, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Thoroughly engrossing.”

    - Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “After four decades steeped in secrecy, the fascinating accomplishments and inner workings of the legendary ‘Skunk Works’ finally have been revealed.”

    - Seattle Times
  • “Entertaining…This is a significant book for those interested in aerospace research and development.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A top-flight aerospace engineer’s engrossing reminiscences of an eventful career in the service of the CIA and US military at the height of the Cold War…An insider’s accessible, informative take on what’s needed to get futuristic hardware to contemporary flight lines and launching pads.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

Ben R. Rich (1925–1995) headed the Skunk Works from 1975 until he retired in 1991.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.