North country, The Making of Minnesota
Mary Lethert Wingerd
University of Minnesota
|This book, all 365 pages is an excellent read and provides an unbiased, historical overview of how the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes were swindled out of their land by unscrupulous Indian agents and white politicians. The author also helps the reader to clearly see the cultural clashes that arose during the early 1800’s and she gives us a bird’s eye view of behind the scenes treaty making strategies. Finally, the author helps the reader to recognize how disadvantaged First Nations people were with respect to the white man’s politics. The book is well written and accompanied by many historical photographs. This is the absolutely best book I have read on the topic of historical treaty making and white settlement.|
The E –Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Michael E. Gerber
Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
|This is an updated version of an earlier best seller on the trials and tribulations of starting and growing your own business. Famous for the concept of working “on the business” instead of “in the business”, Gerber uses dialogue with a client and her business to help readers understand the concepts he is teaching. While in most cases this is a good approach, I found that the lessons were sometimes long in coming. I would rather they have been more brief and to the point. However, the book does have value for entrepreneurs and will certainly make you sit up and pay attention to where you are going.|