The story of a great city that has shaped the soul of the world. Masterful reporting, vivid history - the past and present are equally alive in this book (James Gleick, author of The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood)
An often brilliant - and always enjoyable - investigation of liberalism's Dutch roots. Shorto is once again revealed as a passionate and persuasive historian of culture and ideas (Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland)
Shorto is an excellent storyteller and rootler of strange facts, and Amsterdam
should be issued as standard kit for anyone visiting the city (Guardian
[Shorto's] fine portraits of individuals are in the Amsterdam tradition, and he has an Amsterdammer's feel for this backwater town that remains the world's laboratory of liberalism (FT
Rich and eventful . . . [A] book that easily fuses large cultural trends with intimately personal stories (New York Times
This is the first 'biography' of the city of Amsterdam - in the same vein as Peter Ackroyd's London.