Synopses & Reviews
Four centuries ago, Henry Hudson discovered the majestic river that now bears his name. Douglas Hunter's Half Moon is the first book-length history of the 1609 adventure that would ultimately reshape the New World and lead to the birth of a global capital—New York City. This swiftly moving tale re-creates the bubbling mixture of espionage, economics, and politics that drove men to the edges of the known world—and beyond.
In a feat of forensic cartography, Hunter offers a fresh perspective on the daring Hudson's motivation and objectives—and even on where he went. Half Moon is a rich narrative of adventure,filled with international intrigue, business drama, and the thrill of discovery.
“[Douglas Hunter] is also an experienced sailor, and his observations of nautical life are astute … Behind that, a picture emerges of Hudson as a wily operator who knew what he wanted to find, and where he wanted to go to find it—and wasnt about to tell his merchant backers any more than they needed to know so they would give him a ship. Hunter provides a fine account of Hudsons wheeling and dealing, and the hoodwinking of the Dutch and English backers of his various voyages.”—Boston Globe
“[Hunter's] firm grasp of the politics and history of Hudsons time make the book stand out. Insightful look at Hudson, his pivotal achievement and the world events surrounding it.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Few will resist the colorful personal conflicts, tortuous politics and alternately friendly and vicious encounters between Europeans and Native Americans.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hunter delivers a vivid rendition of Hudsons entrance into New York Bay, ascent to the future site of Albany, and peaceful and violent encounters with the native peoples. Fans of the era of discovery will delight in Hunters history of Hudsons famed expedition.”—Booklist
About the Author
Douglas Hunter is the author of the acclaimed God's Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery, named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction in Canada. Hunter is also an experienced sailor and coauthor of Yacht Design Explained.