“Indispensable” books about Albany

Fred LeBrun’s review today about the new edition of Jack McEneny’s “Albany: Capital City” begins with an intriguing premise, the notion of “indispensable” books about Albany:
“Few books about Albany can rightly be called indispensable. Jack McEneny’s ‘Albany: Capital City on the Hudson, An Illustrated History’ (American Historical Press, second edition; 280 pages; $32.95), first published in 1981, is certainly one of those.

“Bill Kennedy’s “Ironweed” is another, and from an earlier age, so are Cuyler Reynold’s “Chronicles,” and Joel Munsell’s “Annals.” In many ways, the McEneny history is an extension of Reynolds and Munsell into our times. But it has been a quarter-century since McEneny graced us with his retelling of Albany’s past, filtered through that droll Irish wit. A second edition was overdue.”

The question is: is LeBrun’s list of indispensable books about Albany complete?


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