Read: Rise of the Terran Empire
The decline and the fall of the Polesotechnic League: The style, approach, and content is different but Anderson's (short) novels reminded me of Asimov's Foundation. It is grand.
I liked the “intergalactic entrepreneur as hero”-theme; I would have liked to read more of it. Cut-throat, scheming business men, space exploration, (inter-species) camaraderie, and philanthropic, culture-preserving, selfless acts, and maybe a tad too much space battle make for very good entertainment (and laymen social science).
As this book marks the end of the Polesotechnic League trilogy collection it is also a new beginning. Let's see what the collection of Flandry novels will offer.