The list author says: "There is much to be learned from business histories and they often make fascinating reading for many reasons. Chief among my enjoyment of them is that many lessons and tenets are timeless and are as relevant today as when they were first put into use."
"This is an interesting read as it makes the case that are base human reactions to money and power have not changed through the centuries of organized business. There is an accompanying documentary from CNBC."
"This is the first of a trilogy on the Hudsons Bay Company. I have them three times and amazed at the management lessons and how Canada was born from business. The other two are Caesars of the Wilderness and Merchant Princes."
"I liked Sven Beckert's review, "Salesmen, Friedman argues, helped distribute the products of America's increasingly bountiful manufacturing industries, invented new forms of managerial hierarchies, investigated the psychology of desire, and were in the vanguard of America's transformation from a producer to a consumer society.""