History Press has released Great Camp Sagamore by Beverly Bridger.
Great Camp Sagamore, on Raquette Lake, was built by William West Durant and purchased by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1901 to be his familys Adirondack retreat. Mr. Vanderbilt and his wife, Margaret, welcomed visitors for decades.
After Mrs. Vanderbilts death, the massive camp changed hands and began to decline. It was rescued by preservationists and became a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Today, visitors and lodgers help maintain its grandeur.
Ms. Bridger is the director of Great Camp Sagamore and oversees preservation efforts.
The book sells for $21.99 at http://historypress.net.
History Press has released The Battles at Plattsburgh: September 11, 1814 by Keith A. Herkalo.
The book explores Plattsburghs key and often-overlooked role in the War of 1812.
Many other, more famous engagements were ruses meant to divert U.S. troops away from the prize Plattsburgh would afford: a clear pathway to New England, according to the books jacket.
Mr. Herkalo, a Plattsburgh native, is the citys clerk and a founding member and current president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association.
The book sells for $19.99 at http://historypress.net.
Keith Publications/Wicked Ink Press has published the e-book A Twisted Tale by Malone native Dick Moomey.
The suspense/thriller centers on the town of The Valley, which is on red alert after its chief of police is grotesquely murdered. His replacement, Barney Markham, is puzzled by many things, including the use of Ken Blacks name on the tombstone where Chief Lelanders body was found propped up.
Mr. Moomey, an Army veteran, taught for six years in the Lisbon Central School District and spent 25 years as principal of Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Orange County. He lives in the Saratoga Springs area and is working on two novels.
A Twisted Tale sells for $6.95 at www.wickedinkpress.com
A Long Shot to Glory, a self-published book by Albany-area author Michael Burgess, says that Lake Placid saved the Winter Olympics in 1980.
Most people remember the Miracle on Ice, Mr. Burgess says, but may not remember that Denver got the Games in 1976 and then withdrew after voters rejected a bond issue to pay for them. When all the other bidders pulled out for 1980, the International Olympic Committee had a choice of either Lake Placid or canceling the Games.
Mr. Burgess provides new information about how the Lake Placid Games were threatened by environmental, management and financial problems.
Mr. Burgess is a former director of the New York State Office for the Aging.
The book sells for $14.95 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock.