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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by [Shorto, Russell]
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"Rich and eventful...[A] book that easily fuses large cultural trends with intimately personal stories."
--"The New York Times
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"Shorto conjures the anything-goes spirit of contemporary Amsterdam, with its pot-smoking and red-light districts, from the city's fascinating past as a major port city...Shorto's brilliant follow-up to his previous book on Dutch Manhattan ("The Island at the Center of the World") is an expertly told history of a city of new, shocking freedoms and the tough-minded people that developed them."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"[An] engaging new history...it brims with the sights, smells and sounds of a nearly thousand-year-old bustling, mercantile city."
--"Associated Press
""Shorto is a marvelous picture painter in words...And that makes Amsterdam a pleasure to savor on many levels."
"--The Seattle Times
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"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
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"Shorto is an excellent storyteller and rootler of strange facts, and "Amsterdam" should be issued as standard kit for anyone visiting the city who is not entirely corroded by vice."
--"The Guardian
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"Amsterdam is a small place that casts a big shadow. As Russell Shorto shows in this smart, elegant book, culture and geography have conspired to thrust the city into the midst of our day's most important debates. How much individual freedom can we live with? What are the limits of acceptance? How can people from different parts of the world -- people with different beliefs, backgrounds and values -- coexist in our increasingly globalized cities? Not only is this a wonderfully readable account of the city that Shorto has come to call home, it is also a history of how the Dutch invented -- and sometimes failed to live up to -- today's concepts of liberty

"This finely spun and illuminating history of Amsterdam explores both a city and an idea. . . . A pleasure to savor on many levels."
"--The Seattle Times"
"Rich and eventful. . . . [A] book that easily fuses large cultural trends with intimately personal stories."
--"The New York Times"
"An absorbing history of a fascinating place."
--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"[A] masterpiece."
--"The Daily Beast"
"Engaging new history. . . . It brims with the sights, smells and sounds of a nearly thousand-year-old bustling, mercantile city. . . . Countless books have been written about Holland's capital city. . . . [Shorto's] contribution stands as a sparkling addition to the lot."
--Associated Press
"Shorto's brilliant follow-up to his previous book on Dutch Manhattan ("The Island at the Center of the World") is an expertly told history of a city of new, shocking freedoms and the tough-minded people that developed them."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Insightful history. . . . Mr. Shorto masterfully describes how Amsterdam was built in only a few generations by reclaiming water from the sea, literally by hand in the 1600s. And he brings to life how the city attracted--with promises of freedom and tolerance--the most energetic people from all over Europe to create a free civic and economic society that became a model for the American Republic a century later."
--Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, "The Wall Street Journal," Favorite Books of 2013
"Entertaining history."
--"The New Yorker"
"Delightfully eccentric history. . . . Eye-opening and entertaining, it's popular history of the best sort."
--Michael Giltz, Favorite Books of the Year, "Huffington Post"
"Sometimes it's clear from the off that a book is special, and that indefinable sense took hold quickly here. . . . An enthralling tale of radicalism and tolerance of strange and otherwise anathema beliefs and ideas."
--Alex Crowley, Best Books of the Year, "Publishers Weekly"
"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"
"Shorto is an excellent storyteller and rootler of strange facts, and "Amsterdam "should be issued as standard kit for anyone visiting the city."
--"The Guardian "(UK)
"Russell Shorto writes engagingly about how a city can engender ideas--order, tolerance, comfort, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship--and in turn be shaped by them." Amsterdam "argues convincingly that Western liberalism has been greatly influenced by this small, modest, crazy-yet-conventional place."
--Witold Rybczynski, author of "How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit"
"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"
"Russell Shorto loves Amsterdam, I love this book."
--Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam
"Luminous. . . . An entertaining history full of deftly drawn characters and intoxicating ideas which have made Amsterdam the birthplace of liberalism in its many and shifting incarnations."
--Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, "The Nation"
"[A] smart, elegant book. . . . A wonderfully readable account of the city that Shorto has come to call home."
--Charles C. Mann, author of "1491 "and "1493"
"Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

This finely spun and illuminating history of Amsterdam explores both a city and an idea. . . . A pleasure to savor on many levels.
The Seattle Times
Rich and eventful. . . . [A] book that easily fuses large cultural trends with intimately personal stories.
The New York Times
An absorbing history of a fascinating place.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[A] masterpiece.
The Daily Beast
Engaging new history. . . . It brims with the sights, smells and sounds of a nearly thousand-year-old bustling, mercantile city. . . . Countless books have been written about Holland s capital city. . . . [Shorto s] contribution stands as a sparkling addition to the lot.
Associated Press
Shorto s brilliant follow-up to his previous book on Dutch Manhattan (The Island at the Center of the World) is an expertly told history of a city of new, shocking freedoms and the tough-minded people that developed them.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
Insightful history. . . . Mr. Shorto masterfully describes how Amsterdam was built in only a few generations by reclaiming water from the sea, literally by hand in the 1600s. And he brings to life how the city attracted with promises of freedom and tolerance the most energetic people from all over Europe to create a free civic and economic society that became a model for the American Republic a century later.
Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, The Wall Street Journal, Favorite Books of 2013
Entertaining history.
The New Yorker
Delightfully eccentric history. . . . Eye-opening and entertaining, it's popular history of the best sort.
Michael Giltz, Favorite Books of the Year, Huffington Post
Sometimes it s clear from the off that a book is special, and that indefinable sense took hold quickly here. . . . An enthralling tale of radicalism and tolerance of strange and otherwise anathema beliefs and ideas.
Alex Crowley, Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly
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
Shorto is an excellent storyteller and rootler of strange facts, and Amsterdam should be issued as standard kit for anyone visiting the city.
The Guardian (UK)
Russell Shorto writes engagingly about how a city can engender ideas order, tolerance, comfort, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship and in turn be shaped by them.Amsterdamargues convincingly that Western liberalism has been greatly influenced by this small, modest, crazy-yet-conventional place.
Witold Rybczynski, author ofHow Architecture Works: A Humanist s Toolkit
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 ofNetherland
Russell Shorto loves Amsterdam, I love this book.
Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam
Luminous. . . . An entertaining history full of deftly drawn characters and intoxicating ideas which have made Amsterdam the birthplace of liberalism in its many and shifting incarnations.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation
[A] smart, elegant book. . . . A wonderfully readable account of the city that Shorto has come to call home.
Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493
Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable.
Kirkus Reviews"

Book Description

This is the first 'biography' of the city of Amsterdam - in the same vein as Peter Ackroyd's London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5248 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408703475
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B27ED1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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