Tom Lewis, The Hudson: A History.
"There is something wonderful about rivers. They can seem endless and are endlessly fascinating. The first word of James Joyce's last work, Finnegans Wake, is 'riverrun,' without a capital because it flows from the last words of the novel. 'Corso e recorso,' always changing, always the same. One of our greatest novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, takes place on the Mississippi. Another great river inspired America's first major art movement, The Hudson River School.
"The Hudson begins high in the Adirondack Mountains, in small streams running into Lake Tear of the Clouds, a small tarn, 4,293 feet above sea level. It continues its course through Albany and the Catskills, past West Point to Sing Sing, under the Tappan Zee bridge, over the Holland Tunnel, and finally to the great New York harbor and into the Atlantic. All along the river's path its banks have inspired artists for two centuries. It has been the scene of horrendous battles as well as a source of commerce and of pleasure. It has survived the many attempts of man to destroy it and the creatures who inhabited it. We have begun to learn just as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and many others that like all great monuments of nature it should inspire respect and care. Among the inspired is Tom Lewis, the author of this fine and detailed history of the Hudson. The Hudson, published in 2005 by Yale University Press, is a great tribute to this magnificent river and the people who fought, lived, and worked on it, but most of all were inspired by it. A good read for summer or anytime."