A well-told history of Minneapolis and St. Paul, written by a favorite writer (in the juvenile field), who has a near-poetic sense of her subject. From the early settlement, she traces the lumber king era, with a quick history of the great Weyerhaeuser Company, the days of the business titans, the beginnings of the famed St. Paul Winter Carnival. And she brings her story up to date with chapters on culture, nature, expansion, and so on. From the political and economic angles, the book is superficial, shallow. It touches almost patronizingly on labor troubles, the plight of the Indians and other minority groups. But its virtue lies in its regional flavor. The author, who lived many years where the Mississippi is narrow and tortuous, sees precisely, feels with authenticity and reports with accuracy.