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David Levine, "The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years"
The Hudson Valley has changed quite a bit over the years and author David Levine has had a front-row seat to it all.
The Albany-based author has covered the Hudson Valley for more than two decades, writing for the local magazine as well as national outlets. In his latest book, he goes even further back than that, however.
“The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years: A Mostly Chronological and Occasionally Personal History,” which was recently released, delves into the history of the region, though not in what Levine refers to as a “dry and dusty” manner.
That’s not Levine’s style. His literary inspirations are writers like Bill Bryson and Mary Roach, writers who make learning more entertaining than anything else. “The Hudson Valley” is also not the author’s debut book. In previous years, he’s written books with the likes of sportscaster Dick Schaap and Muggsy Bogues.
“I’m a magazine writer. I’m not a historian, and I make that clear upfront. This is meant to be enjoyable. It’s meant to be fun. You’ll learn a lot but I hope you’ll also laugh,”
The book stems from Levine’s years working as a freelance columnist for the Hudson Valley Magazine. For six years, starting in 2010, he wrote a monthly history column, covering a wide range of topics. He also penned personal essays about the region. The essays combined with the history columns make up the basis of the book, which, as the subtitle indicates, begins 250 million years ago. --The Daily Gazette