Stihl American

Exemplary People -- Extraordinary Times

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
280 Pages
Reviewed on 06/29/2018
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Stihl American: Exemplary People — Extraordinary Times by Stan Crader is a nonfiction book that features stories of individuals, businessmen, and entrepreneurs who were successful in the STIHL chainsaw business in the United States after World War II. They include a young Native American boy turned orphan by the Osage reign of terror, a high-spirited native of Missouri after serving with OSS during WWII, a lawyer from Arkansas, and many others. In these pages, readers will follow their stories of grit, determination, failure, and success. Readers will understand how a Canadian born Scotsman moved up the ladder from a mere employee to become the president of the company and the success he brought with his journey.

Starting with the original introduction of STIHL saws into the United States in the 1930s, the author takes readers on a ride with stories of success and the challenges that distributors and new players in the field experienced. He warns that most of the source of information is the oral tradition as many of the people in this book bothered more about facing the day-to-day challenges of their business than writing anything that could be used as reference material. You’ll find inspiring stories in this book. You’ll be entertained as you turn from one great story to the next fascinating one. Above all, you’ll find great lessons in it for business and life. It is interesting how exceptional individuals from a variety of backgrounds could share a common interest and be so fired up to leave a legacy to the world. Told in a captivating and gripping voice, these stories are huge lessons from those who make history. Stihl American: Exemplary People — Extraordinary Times will make readers rethink the way they approach business and life. Stan Crader captures the culture of a company and the soul of an era in these pages.