Saturday, December 16, 2006

Ten Great Adirondack Related Books for Xmas

This holiday season we’ve decided to offer a list of books that every Adirondack fan should have – remember that if you buy through the Adirondack Almanack a small portion of the sale supports the blog.

The War Against the Greens: The “Wise-Use” Movement, the New Right, and the Browning of America

David Haelvarg ($12.92)
Local Politics: Provides the first full accounting of the extremist right wing “property rights” movement in the Adirondacks. Implicated in a rash of arson, physical attacks, death threats, and more, and connected to organizations like the John Birch Society, organizations like the Citizens Council of the Adirondacks (CCA) and the Adirondack Solidarity Alliance (ASA) waged a battle against environmentalist, locals who supported zoning, and the APA.

Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks

Philip Terrie ($14.56)
Local Politics : We’re lucky to have Terrie as a regular reader of the Adirondack Almanack. This book on the politics of the park and the struggle over the land is a seminal piece of Adirondack scholarship and a great follow-up to Terrie’s Forever Wild: A Cultural History of Wilderness in the Adirondacks.

Building Adirondack Furniture: The Art, the History, and the How-To

John Wagner ($10.61)
How-To: Get out to the woodshed and produce some of< your own locally inspired furniture. Geared for beginners, this book include drawings, photos, and diagrams to help even the most amateur wood worker build classic Adirondack designs.

50 Hikes in the Adirondacks: Short Walks, Day Trips, and Backpacks Throughout the Park

Barbara McMartin ($12.74)
Local Guides: The late Adirondack historian’s perennial favorite – a great book for the Adirondack newbie, visitor, or that person who has been doing a lot of talking about finally doing some hiking.

Birds of the Adirondacks: A Field Guide

Alan Bessette, William Chapman ($16.95)
Local Guides: Over 200 species of birds are categorized into the eight basic groups. Also includes sections on feeding, attracting, and photographing along with a checklist and place for field notes.

Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York’s Cool Cascades

Russell Dunn ($10.61)
Local Guides: An excellent guide to some of the Adirondacks most geologically interesting spots. Everyone loves waterfalls and this guide will get you to them.

The Adirondacks: A History of America’s First Wilderness

Paul Schneider ($11.56)
History: Almost ten years old now, Schneider’s history of the Adirondacks still stands as the most recent well-written and engaging general history of the region.

The Adirondacks, 1830-1930 (Images of America)

Donald R. Williams ($15.59)
History: Part of the Images of America series, this Adirondack picture book is a must have that provides amazing photographs taken from all kinds of sources. A nice, affordable photo history of the Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park

Jerry Jenkins, Andy Keal ($24.12)
Local Gems: Now that the price has come down considerably, pick up this heavily researched atlas of life in the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Life 2007 Calendar

The Editors of Adirondack Life ($35.57)
Local Gems: Adirondack Life’s famous imagery in calendar form.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

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