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- Description<b>An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed <i>Island at the Center of the World</i></b> Tourists kw Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers kw it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers kw 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 ecomic freedom. Amsterdam was home t 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.
- Author BiographyRussell Shorto is the author of five books and is a contributing writer at the <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>. His books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. From 2008 to 2013, he was the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.
- Author(s)Russell Shorto
- PublisherVintage Books
- Date of Publication12/08/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVintage Books
- Content Noteblack & white plates, colour plates
- Weight381 g
- Width133 mm
- Height209 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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