Henry Hudson: Dreams and Obsessions
By Corey Sandler
Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing Corp.
New York, N.Y.
In his newest book, Henry Hudson: Dreams and Obsessions, veteran newsman and Associated Press corrspondant Corey Sandler endeavors to shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the life of explorer Henry Hudson.
Despite the fact that a great American river and one of the world’s largest bays bare his name, many of the events surrounding Hudson’s life and tragic death have yet to be explained. As Hudson searched for a route to China and Japan, why did his crew mutiny in northern Canada? In command of a Dutch vessel, was Hudson really a spy for the British? Why did Hudson the mariner choose the routes he took? And why has history all but forgotten the explorer to the point that no acccurate paintings of him seem to exist? Was he a bold and sucessful mariner or a bungling failure?
Research for Sandler’s book has taken the author from England to the North Pole and deep into Arctic Canada with the hopes of finding the answers to these and other questions surrounding Henry Hudson. Sandler weaves a readable and well-documented historical narrative that in itself might prove the greatest of memorials to this most enigmatic discoverer.