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The History of the Hudson River Valley

The History of the Hudson River Valley

by Vernon Benjamin

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 512 PAGES

A scrupulously researched history of the Hudson River Valley. As the author notes, the valley has long been a place of contradictions -- a place of beauty that inspired artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole and a backdrop to the horrors of both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. (USE600, $45.00)

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights. (USE36, $13.99)

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Hudson River Valley native Nikki Goth Itoi offers an insider's view of this scenic New York City getaway, from touring the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to the Dutchess wine trail and fly-fishing in the Catskills. (NYC154, $16.99)

 
New York City Map

New York City Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient folded, laminated map of New York City. One side is a detailed map of Manhattan south of 96th St, and includes northern Brooklyn. On the other side is a full index, a larger-scale regional map, and a map of the subway. (NYC207, $8.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City

Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City. (CND205, $14.00)

Hudson River Journey

Hudson River Journey


by Joanne Michaels | Hardie Truesdale

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 127 PAGES

A photo-essay on suggested places to visit in the Hudson River Valley. (NYC98, $29.95)

The Adirondack Book, A Complete Guide

The Adirondack Book, A Complete Guide


by Elizabeth Folwell | Annie Stoltie

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An excellent, locally-produced travel guide mixing history, nature and anecdote with a shipload of practical information. It features extensive listings and descriptions of attractions and activities for the outdoor enthusiast. (NYS19, $18.95)

1776

1776


by David McCullough

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 755 PAGES

This lively best-seller tells the early history of the Revolutionary War, bringing to life an extraordinary period and a vast array of characters on both sides of the conflict. (USA189, $18.00)

Conversations on the Hudson

Conversations on the Hudson


by Nick Hand

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 112 PAGES

Nick Hand chronicles a one-of-a-kind 500-mile bicycle trip up the Hudson River, detailing his encounters with a seed librarian, a printer, a brewer, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer, a distiller, a boat restorer and a maple syrup producer, among many others. (USE605, $24.95)

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point


by Stephen Ambrose | Dwight D. Eisenhower | Andrew J. Goodpaster

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 377 PAGES

The renowned historian follows the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, beginning with its formation during the Revolutionary War. First published in 1966, this updated edition brings the story of the academy into the present (USE71, $25.00)

Hudson River Panorama, A Passage Through Time

Hudson River Panorama, A Passage Through Time


by John Stilgoe | Christine Miles | Tammis K. Groft | W. Douglas McCombs | Ruth Greene-McNally

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 134 PAGES

The staff of the Albany Institute of History & Art produced this inviting book to accompany a 2009 exhibition of the same name commemorating Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river. (NYS107, $29.95)

Mohonk, Mountain House and Preserve


by Roberta Josephson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The history of the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. (USE272, $21.99)

New York, Portrait of a City

New York, Portrait of a City


by Reuel Golden

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

Evoking the spirited energy of the city that never sleeps, this illustrated homage includes 150 photos divided into five time periods between 1850 and the present. Photographs from legends like Alfred Stieglitz, Weegee and Edward Steichen grace the pages alongside quotes from literary figures including Ellison, Salinger, Fitzgerald and Wharton. (NYC264, $9.99)

New York, The Story of a Great City

New York, The Story of a Great City


by Sara Henry

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 124 PAGES

Created in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, this hands-on history concisely and entertainingly traces the city's evolution from wilderness to great metropolis. (NYC242, $39.95)

The Adirondacks, A History of America's First Wilderness

The Adirondacks, A History of America's First Wilderness


by Paul Schneider

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A breezy and entertaining portrait of the forests, rivers, mountains and lakes that make up a good portion of upstate New York. (NYS16, $21.99)

The House the Rockefellers Built, A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America

The House the Rockefellers Built, A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America


by Robert F., Jr. Dalzell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

A cultural history of Kykuit, the dynastic seat built high above the Hudson River, home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. (NYS75, $20.99)

The Hudson River, From Tear of the Clouds to Manhattan

The Hudson River, From Tear of the Clouds to Manhattan


by Jake Rajs | Joan K. Davidson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This lush, visual celebration of the Hudson River Valley's historic towns, mansions and wilderness includes color photos paired with the writings of luminaries including Washington Irving, Charles Dickens and Robert Caro. (NYS44, $25.00)

The Hudson, A History

The Hudson, A History


by Tom Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This scholarly, illustrated history of the Hudson River traces its course through four centuries, recounting the stories of those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who helped shape it. (NYS46, $20.00)

The Hudson, America's River

The Hudson, America's River


by Frances Dunwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A richly illustrated, devotedly researched history of the great river from Dutch settlements to modern-day issues. (NYS68, $29.95)

The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America. (NYC153, $16.95)

The Making of American Resorts: Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Lake George

The Making of American Resorts: Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Lake George


by Theodore Corbett

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

An account of America's first tourist resorts, all of which were located in the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks and catered to the Manhattan elite. (NYS25, $30.00)

Landscape Gardens on the Hudson

Landscape Gardens on the Hudson


by Robert M. Toole

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Toole surveys the history of the great estates, the Romatic Age and the birth of American landscape architecture in this illustrated survey. (NYS111, $24.95)

Winslow Homer Watercolors

Winslow Homer Watercolors


by Helen A. Cooper

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

An examination of the watercolors of one of America's beloved artists, Winslow Homer. This is a valuable book for anyone wishing to understand Homer's work and the American watercolor tradition. (USE85, $39.95)

FDR

FDR


by Jean Edward Smith

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 880 PAGES

Smith presents a multi-faceted study of the complex American president, detailing his diverse roles as commander-in-chief, leader of a social revolution and statesman, and exploring his personal life and the physical disabilities that he hid from the general public. (USE409, $22.00)

North River

North River


by Pete Hamill

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 341 PAGES

Wounded in the war, abandoned by his wife and daughter, threatened by the mob, Dr. James Finbar Delanay improbably finds love in Hamill's rich tale, evocatively set in the 1930s West Village. (NYS57, $15.00)

Rabble in Arms

Rabble in Arms


by Kenneth Lewis Roberts

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 586 PAGES

The second of Roberts's epic novels of the American Revolution, originally published in 1933, which has as its center the military campaigns of Benedict Arnold. (USE574, $18.95)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz


by Mordecai Richler

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

The book that established Richler as a novelist, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz unfurls amid the bumptious, working-class splendor of Montreal's Plateau neighborhood, once solidly Jewish and more recently home to the city's music scene. (CND263, $10.95)

The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology

The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology


by Arthur G. Adams

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

A collection of poems and excerpts from novels and essays about life, work and travel on and near the Hudson before the 20th century. With 65 period illustrations of sites and homes. (NYC20, $27.00)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories


by Washington Irving

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 638 PAGES

The most famous works by one of America's early master storytellers -- some more frightful than others. Many are set in and around New England and Hudson Bay. (NYC23, $11.00)

The Reserve

The Reserve


by Russell Banks

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER

Not all is well at Tamarack Reserve in Bank's absorbing tale of class, politics, family and lunacy -- set in the Adirondacks in the 1930s. Loosely based on the life of noted illustrator, womanizer and independent-thinker Rockwell Kent, the Spanish Civil War and Hindenberg also intrude on the cozy familiarity of the startlingly beautiful summer retreat. (NYS69, $14.99)

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