Sons of the Profits

Sons of the Profits

Or, There's No Business Like Grow Business: the Seattle Story, 1851-1901

Book - 1967
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Publisher: Seattle : Nettle Creek Pub. Co., 1967
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 979.72 Sp32S
Characteristics: 345 pages : illustrations, chart, maps. ; 24 cm


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Dec 23, 2013

This book is usually the first recommendation for anyone wanting to understand Seattle history. However, I would strongly recommend reading Skid Road by Murray Morgan instead. I don't care for Bill Speidel's sensational writing style. I don't need all caps, bad puns, or exclamation points to understand how crazy the story is. If you've done the Underground Tour in Pioneer Square you'll get a sense of the narrative voice in this book. That's no coincidence since the tour cites Speidel as their main influence and they sell copies there. Seattle's crazy history speaks for itself. If you want a book that is still fun but doesn't insult your intelligence, check out Skid Road instead.

Jun 28, 2012

Not your typical history book, it is an entertaining look at the early years on Puget Sound. Highlights include the battle for the railroad, and how this lumpy landscape was reworked to make it more habitable.

Nov 27, 2011

A nice history of the establishment that founded early Seattle. If you're interested in this book, you should also check out Speidel's newer companion book, "Doc Maynard - the Man Who Invented Seattle", with updated research on the roles of the founders.


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Nov 27, 2011

"This is the story of how the fellas who built Seattle made their money. That they built a city in the process was purely coincidental."


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