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Henry Hudson: Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World's Least Understood Explorer Hardcover – March 27, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806527390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527390
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The surviving records of Henry Hudson's four voyages of 1607-10 are apparently scant but provided enough information to be used in a previous history of his explorations (Donald Johnson's Charting the Sea of Darkness, 1992). Sandler, author of dozens of travel guides, converts the Hudson documentation into a travelogue to several of Hudson's haunts. He traveled somewhat more comfortably than Hudson did, embarking on a cruise ship to Spitzbergen, driving up the Hudson River Valley, and flying to Hudson Bay. Healthily quoting the mariner's logbooks to contrast travel then and now, Sandler also avails himself of the four centuries of history these places have experienced since Hudson sailed by, integrating nuggets of fact with what people have to say about Hudson. Some are quite loquacious on the subject, such as the captain of a replica of Hudson's ship Half Moon. Idiosyncratic, definitely interesting, Sandler will snare the travel/exploration set. Gilbert Taylor
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More About the Author

Corey Sandler is the author of more than 100 books on history, travel, computer, and business topics with more than two million copies in print. He has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and National Public Radio, and has been profiled on CNN.

His fascination with the mystery of the life and death of Henry Hudson took him on a year-long, 25,000-mile journey to England, the North Pole, and deep into Canadian wilderness areas accessible only by boat or bush plane. His book, "Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession" retraces the four known voyages of the Age of Exploration's least-known adventurer.

He is co-author, with Red Sox broadcaster and former star second baseman Jerry Remy, of "Watching Baseball."

Earlier in his career, his experience as a reporter for the Associated Press and Gannett Newspapers made him one of the pioneers of computer journalism. He was the first Executive Editor of "PC Magazine".

He turned his passion for travel into the "Econoguide Travel Book" series.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Fence on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're considering buying this book you should know what you're in for. If you're expecting a biography of Henry Hudson you'll be disappointed. There is very little on Hudson in this book. What you get is a high-level overview of what Hudson is thought to have done and a whole lot of ramble on Corey Sandler's experiences visiting the places Hudson visited.

There's not a whole lot that's known about Hudson. What there is comes from a few brief surviving documents. You get the text from those documents word-for-word with little if any interpretation from the author. That's the real disappointment of this book. If I wanted to read the text of the original documents I'd look them up myself online. What I wanted was expert interpretation and the telling of the story that these documents seem to describe.

Sandler writes from Nantucket, an island he shares with the great historian Nathaniel Philbrick. But where Philbrick excels at taking scant information and turning it into a fascinating story, Sandler dumps the source information on the page and then rambles on about his own experiences in visiting the same places 400 years later. Unfortunately, it's just not very interesting. Thought you'd learn about Hudson's trip up the river that bears his name? You're going to get a little of that and then a whole lot of information on General Electric, PCBs, the environmental movement, and Pete Seeger.

An earlier reviewer characterized this book as being 1/3 history. I'd put it more at 1/10th. By the end of the book you'll know little about Hudson, but all about Sandler's political views, summer camp experiences, family, feelings, travel preferences, and a whole lot of other personal detail. If that's what you're looking to read about, you'll love it. But if you read the title and thought you were instead going to read a biography of Henry Hudson, you'll be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Calandro on July 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am going to give this 5 stars. I'll list why in a second just let me tell you a few of my issues. First Sandler doesn't seem to interview that many people concerning the Clearwater Sloop, the Hudson River Keeper or the many, many other environmental organizations dedicated to keep the Hudson clean. He also brushes over the Storm King case. Sandler does not mention the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Ok now that's out of the way let me explain a bit why this book is excellent.

First of all its one-third history, one-third travelogue and one-third PSA for keeping all the places Henry Hudson visited clean. The history part is fairly typical in that we don't know much about Hudson; he may have been a bad captain nothing that new or exciting. But overall it's still interesting and a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Hudson.

Then comes the travelogue sections. These are really interesting mostly because of all the unique people the author met on his travels. In reading the book the former director of Clearwater, Andy Mele, comes off as a pretty genuine guy. He's not a crazy tree hugging hippe but just a regular guy that wants to do some good. Most of the environmentalist people come off this way. Some people may not like this but honestly try spending a night near the Hudson...smell that? Yeah, that's the river. I did enjoy Sandle's search for Hudson's monuments and as he mentions in the introduction the most obvious ones are the Hudson River and New York City.

The best parts are the sections that are basically the PSAs about environmentalism. There are numerous digs at GE for dumping PCBs and our society in general. Having lived for four years about 100 yards from the Hudson I must say it's easily one of the greatest sights in the world.
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By Ron Ginzler on November 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a biography of Hudson, but this book, while including the little that is known about him, is half of the author's own experiences in the areas Hudson visited, and the history of those areas since the time of Hudson. I skipped most of this. There's a lot of pieces of Hudson's journals quoted, as well as others who sailed with him. These I found valuable. The author doesn't speculate much about Hudson's fate or the truth about the mutiny, which is refreshing, because so little is actually known, and those who made it back to England may well have been lying to save their own necks. I got what I wanted out of the book.
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Format: Paperback
A very fscinating discription of those parts of the world, Henry Hudson saw at his voyages and a lot of very interesting information how things developed until today in these regions. Henry Hudson himself gives more the frame than the content of the book.
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