An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World
Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits.
But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography-the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation.
In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch-and world-history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam.
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Russell Shorto was added to my favorite authors list, after reading Amsterdam.
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Ik wilde Amsterdam lezen, een heel interessant boek.
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Never underestimate Amsterdam, I could not put this book down. You must read this!.
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Just Got it, can’t wait to read this book soon!
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fem stjerner for Amsterdam, tak for Russell Shorto. du er den bedste.
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Basically, I loved this book. I give the book 5/5 Stars, and this one is getting added to my All-Time Favorites list!
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rakastan tätä kirjaa. sinun pitäisi lukea tämä.
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Russell Shorto è un grande scrittore, dovresti leggere questo.
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Before I read Amsterdam, I had read some reviews which had me wondering if this one would be something I'd like, reviews from people whose opinions I trust. It's True, so Amsterdam stayed on my "TBR Someday".
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When I started this book, I wasn't so sure how much I would enjoy it. but reading from Russell Shorto's point of view was so refreshing.
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Ein Buchliebhaber wäre daran interessiert, dies zu lesen.
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Thank you to Russell Shorto for my honest thoughts.
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Just downloaded this book! Many thanks
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Russell Shorto хороший автор, вы не можете пропустить это чтение.
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Russell Shorto es uno de los mejores autores nacidos. Amsterdam es un libro interesante.
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le livre que j'ai toujours attendu, je peux enfin le lire maintenant. merci.
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how to download this ebook???
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