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Art Along the Hudson

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 280 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, $16.99)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School


by John Driscoll

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A collection of 78 full-page color reproductions of paintings from the Hudson River School paired with short introductory essays. (NYS33, $45.00)

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)

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
  • 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)

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