You can now read a free copy of Go It Alone! online here. I am about halfway through the book and so far it is pretty good, reinforces a lot of my thoughts and provides some other interesting viewpoints.
Also, check out The Franchise Registry (found via Franchise Pundit ). It is a list of franchises that now have streamlined applications with the SBA so it is easier than ever for entrepreneurs to get SBA financing or loan guarantees for many franchises. Worth taking a glance over.