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River of Mountains A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson

Lourie, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0815603150 / ISBN 13: 9780815603153
Published by Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, 1995
Condition: Fine copy in fine dust jacket Hardcover
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Title: River of Mountains A Canoe Journey Down the ...

Publisher: Syracuse University Press, Syracuse

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Illus. with photos

Book Condition:Fine copy in fine dust jacket

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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Lourie completed his trip. It took him three weeks and marked the first time anyone has travelled from the source of the Hudson to the mouth in a single vessel. The Hudson proved to be a very changeable river. It includes seven locks and nine power dams. The northern half is a true river with strong current, but the lower half is tidal, a sunken river from the days of glaciers. In its first 165 miles, it drops more than 4,000 feet to Albany. The second half falls no more than a foot. Lourie's account of his trip is a fresh look at one of America's great and complex waterways, one of the few, in fact, that still contains its historical and biological species of fish. It is also the longest inland estuary in the world. Henry Hudson called it the "great river of the mountains." Nowadays, too often the Hudson is stereotyped as a ruined, polluted industrial river. its glorious past is compared to its present neglect. In River of Mountains, Peter Lourie combines the Hudson's rich history and descriptions of some of the region's most impressive landscape with the residents of its mill towns, the loggers, commercial fishermen, and barge pilots - all of whom are proof that the river is still a thriving, vital waterway.


River of Mountains will please nature lovers and history buffs alike. -- Trenton Times

An engaging tale. [Lourie] vividly describes exciting whitewater rides-some hot, some slow-and the joys of crowded paddling, and throughout he provides a historical recounting of the development of the civilization along the river. The many people he met along the way, including loggers, fishermen, guides, barge pilots, and a squatter, add to the richness of his tale. -- Library Journal

Peter Lourie's River of Mountains is a log of the author's three-week canoe trip down the Hudson River. He takes us from pristine Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mount Marcy's shoulder in the high Adirondacks to the briny waters off the Battery at the lower end of Manhattan Island. Lourie's adventures here in our home state are every bit as exciting and informative as those popular television travelogues about exotic countries. -- Buffalo News

Peter Lourie's magnificent adventure captured me immediately. I can identify with the desire to paddle an entire concourse, to achieve a sort of canoeing closure....wonderful and informative book. -- Adirondac

The story [Lourie] tells is an interesting mixture of his struggle with the power of the river and the obstacles in his path, juxtaposed with snippets of history and the people who helped him along the way. -- New York History

You don't have to be a canoe buff to want to read River of Mountains. This book is for you if you've ever zipped over a river, eyes flicking from the dullness of the road to the inviting shininess below, wondering where the water would take you if only you could let it. Peter Lourie can tell you. -- Vermont Woodlands

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