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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)

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)

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

An insider's view of this scenic New York City getaway, from the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to the Dutchess wine trail and fly-fishing in the Catskills. (NYC154, $17.99)

Hudson Valley, Catskills Map

Hudson Valley, Catskills Map

by Hagstrom

  • 2005
  • MAP

This handy, laminated overview map shows the Hudson River, east to the Catskills, at a scale of 1:190,000. (NYS71, $8.95)

 
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)

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)

On the High Line, Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park

On the High Line, Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park


by Annik La Farge

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

This revised edition of the award-winning High Line guide provides insights into exploring the one-and-a-half mile NYC green space. Written in engaging, friendly prose and including a three-foot foldout map, the guide mixes recommendations with history and fun facts. (NYC292, $29.95)

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)

Making Mountains, New York City and the Catskills

Making Mountains, New York City and the Catskills


by David Stradling

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

David Stradling, a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, shows how the Catskill Mountains have transformed New York City. In his view, the transformation of the city's landscape was a collaborative process, with far-reaching environmental, economic and cultural consequences. (NYC293, $24.95)

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)

The Hudson


by Carl Cramer | Edward J. McLaughlin

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

First published in the 1939, this is a folk history of the Hudson River from a writer who lived along its banks for much of his life. (NYS22, $30.00)

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, 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 Rockefeller Family Home: Kyukit


by Anne Rockefeller Roberts | Mary Louise Pierson

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

John D. Rockefeller Jr's granddaughter offers a look at her family's Hudson River Valley country home. She begins with the house's construction and covering all subsequent additions. Lavishly illustrated with 275 images, 225 in color. (NYS37, $49.95)

Gardens of the Hudson Valley

Gardens of the Hudson Valley


by Steve Gross | Susan Daley

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Photographers Daley and Gross capture the landscape along the Hudson River and the gardens that have been integrated into it. They have selected 25 gardens, from formal Gilded Age estate gardens to private gardens among the forests and rolling hills. (NYS109, $50.00)

Glories of the Hudson, Frederic Edwin Church's Views from Olana

Glories of the Hudson, Frederic Edwin Church's Views from Olana


by Evelyn D. Trebilcock

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

The companion book to an exhibition at Church's Persian-inspired estate on the Hudson features 83 sketches and paintings. (NYS106, $24.95)

High Line, The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky

High Line, The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky


by Robert Hammond | Joshua David

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The creators of the High Line tell the story of the transformation of a grandly decaying ruin into the phenomenally popular a half-mile expanse of plants, paths, staircases and framed vistas through the revitalized far west side. (NYC241, $29.95)

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)

The Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision

The Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision


by Linda Ferber | New York Historical Society

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 220 PAGES

This survey of the Hudson River School of painters, including Thomas Cole and Asher Durand, demonstrates these mid-19th century artists' focus on natural landscapes through excellent reproductions. (NYS108, $50.00)

Conversations on the Hudson

Conversations on the Hudson


by Nick Hand

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 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 sheep farmer and a distiller, among many others. (USE605, $24.95)

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 Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans


by James Fenimore Cooper

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The first of the Leatherstocking Tales, Cooper's racially complex, anti-nationalist 1826 novel was set in rural New York State during the French and Indian War. (NYC24, $4.95)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories


by Washington Irving

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 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. The collection includes Washington Irving's best-known literary creations: Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle. (NYC23, $11.00)

The Hudson River

The Hudson River


by Gregg Miller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

One hundred panoramic photos capture the natural beauty of this majestic river and its attractions through the seasons. Produced in association with Scenic Hudson. (NYS73, $50.00)

The Mightier Hudson, The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape

The Mightier Hudson, The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape


by Roger D. Stone

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Environmentalist and journalist Stone celebrates the Hudson River and its transformation in this thoroughly enjoyable account of conservation efforts by friends and colleagues in the region. With line drawings by Michael Sloan. (NYS116, $24.95)

New York State Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species

New York State Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy plastic card illustrates commonly encountered birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles. (NYS95, $6.95)

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