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Old 05-05-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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General History of Adirondacks

A little searching did not turn up what I was looking for, so I'll ask here. I'm looking for a good general history of the Adirondacks. I've found A History of the Adirondacks by Alfred L Donaldson - after flipping through it at the library it seems worthwhile, but the $50 price tag is a little steep. I'm guessing some people here have read it?

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Old 05-05-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Any other suggestions?
If you read every post ever made by Redhawk you will know it all.

OK, the books I recommend are:

Contested Terrain
Forever Wild

Both by the same author, Phillip Terrie.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have the Donaldson 2-vol. set, and it's worth reading, in my opinion. Check here. I concur with Neil's Contested Terrain as well. Other ones I can recommend (not all general Adirondack history) are:

Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks (Phil Brown, ed.)
The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty by Christopher Angus
Guides of the Adirondacks: A History by Charles Brumley.
The Adirondacks: The History of America's First Wilderness by Paul Schneider.

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Old 05-05-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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A visit to the Adirondack Museum will immerse you in all types of Adirondack history and artifacts, as well as a pretty good offering of historical books on sale.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:32 PM   #5
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If you read every post ever made by Redhawk you will know it all.

OK, the books I recommend are:

Contested Terrain
Forever Wild

Both by the same author, Phillip Terrie.
There is a short article by Phil Terrie in Adirondack Explorer titled "Celebrating the Hudson"

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Old 05-07-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll order a couple of these.
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You may have seen this already, but an abbreviated version can be found here: http://www.protectadks.org/library/adkchronology.pdf
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Adirondack Country - William Chapman White
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There is also The Adirondacks, by Paul Schneider.

I've been told that some of Donadlson's facts are suspect, so his two books should be read with a grain of salt.
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There is also The Adirondacks, by Paul Schneider.

I've been told that some of Donadlson's facts are suspect, so his two books should be read with a grain of salt.
Schneider already mentioned above.

Your advice for Donaldson's book applies to most books, really...

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Old 06-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #11
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I've read Schneider's book twice - it's very good.
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:14 PM   #12
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Yes. Absolutely. And get your copy soon because the "Adirondack Year" has just begin again (in April) - read it and you'll understand!

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Old 06-25-2009, 11:37 AM   #13
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There is also The Adirondacks, by Paul Schneider.

I've been told that some of Donadlson's facts are suspect, so his two books should be read with a grain of salt.
I was reading Volume II this weekend (it seems Volume I wasn't available at whatever thrift shop or tag sale it was picked up at), and found it very interesting and worthwhile, although I quickly got the sense that it probably would be more appropriately titled "Tales of the Adirondacks." That said, I'm definitely going to try getting my hands on Volume I.
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Adirondack Country was suggested to me by a good friend I'm not a big reading fan due to a eye condition that makes me a SLOW reader. So far this has been a great book
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Because,knowledge is the beginning of wisdom[IMO] Looncry
The experiences to make the correct choices is the basis of wisdom: There are many intelligent people who are not wise.

"By time we grow old, by choice we grow wise"

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The experiences to make the correct choices is the basis of wisdom: There are many intelligent people who are not wise.

"By time we grow old, by choice we grow wise"

Just my opinion.

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I've just finished the Donaldson volumes, and, must say, it's exactly what I was looking for in a narrative history... I read it mostly with a map at my side... read a few pages, check the map, read a few pages, etc. I'm only sorry that it is a bit shy on illustrations. Beautiful language of the time, with humour, and good details.
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I've read a book called "Call Me Adirondack." I enjoyed it. Gives a lot of information about the different names and origins of places throughout the ADK's.
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I've read a book called "Call Me Adirondack." I enjoyed it. Gives a lot of information about the different names and origins of places throughout the ADK's.
Never heard of it before but am excited about a new book. Did you like it?
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