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By Russell Shorto

ISBN-10: 0307743756

ISBN-13: 9780307743756

ISBN-10: 0385534574

ISBN-13: 9780385534574

An eternally enjoyable portrait of the town of Amsterdam and the guidelines that make it specified, through the writer of the acclaimed Island on the middle of the World

travelers comprehend Amsterdam as a picturesque urban of low-slung brick homes lining tidy canals; scholar tourists realize it for its criminal brothels and hash bars; paintings fanatics understand it for Rembrandt's excellent portraits.

however the deeper heritage of Amsterdam, what makes it essentially the most attention-grabbing areas on the earth, is certain up in its certain geography-the consistent conflict of its electorate to maintain the ocean at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring fight fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in either its senses. Tolerance at no cost considering and unfastened love make it a spot the place, within the phrases of 1 of its mayors, "craziness is a value." however the urban additionally fostered the deeper that means of liberalism, one who profoundly encouraged the USA: political and monetary freedom. Amsterdam was once domestic not just to non secular dissidents and radical thinkers yet to the world's first nice worldwide corporation.

during this without problems erudite account, Russell Shorto lines the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, exhibiting how such disparate components as herring anatomy, bare Anabaptists parading in the course of the streets, and an intimate accumulating in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound influence on Dutch-and world-history. Weaving in his personal stories of his followed domestic, Shorto presents an ever-surprising, intellectually attractive tale of Amsterdam.

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