Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Book Review in Sunday's Star-Ledger:

"Books about Lincoln, Washington and Jersey history"
Star-Ledger, Sunday, September 19, 2010

1609: A Country That Was Never Lost

Kevin W. Wright

American History Imprints, 284 pp., $18.95 paperback

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of “Henry Hudson’s visit with North Americans of the Middle Atlantic Coast,” Kevin W. Wright has assembled an exhaustive account of what Hudson and his crew encountered along the eastern coast of North America.

The book, Wright explains, grew from his childhood fascination with the Native American artifacts his grandfather displayed in his home in Newton. Soon enough Wright was joining his grandfather in the search. After graduating from Rutgers, he worked at the restored Village of Waterloo and then as curator of Steuben House in River Edge.

But Wright’s obvious concern and love is for the native peoples who inhabited the Middle Atlantic States, and he draws from the observations of explorers, settlers and missionaries as his source to weave an extremely detailed account of how these people lived, what they believed, their tools, their social customs, their spirituality.

— Review by Pat Turner Kavanaugh

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