Started off as a bumpy ride simply through the poor editing and lack of footnotes. But it does get better, and it did get me thinking seriously about the conservative versus progressive approaches to martial arts. The Hidden Way chapter is the best, especially the 16 steps to becoming Ueshiba. If you are looking for a serious historical examination of the development and progression of aikido/Daito Ryu, look elsewhere. If you want to read about Ellis Amdur's opinion about the development and progression of aikido/Daito Ryu, then this book would be a good choice.