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An excellent history of Amsterdam
on 27 March 2001
This book skilfully combines a broad historical narrative with individual anecdotes about Amsterdam's more notable characters, and brings out the main themes of its history - trade, tolerance and solid middle-class practicality. While he clearly loves the city, Mak does not shy away from the more sordid aspects of its past, particularly its less-than-shining war record. The translator must also be highly commended - the language is flowing and natural, and one hardly realises that this is a translation. Altogether an excellent read, and a very good preparation for visiting the city.