Amsterdam

Author: Russell Shorto
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385534582
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An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know 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 economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not 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.

Global Happiness A Guide To The Most Contented And Discontented Places Around The Globe

Author: Roman Adrian Cybriwsky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440835578
Size: 25.28 MB
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An authoritative, comprehensive, and highly accessible assessment of the happiest and least happy countries and cities in the world, as well as of the happiest and least happy cities and states in the United States. • Supplies insightful and interesting information about all of the most contented and least contented countries and cities around the globe—and the factors that make the people who live in these places notably happy or discontented • Examines and explains the complexity of happiness and contentment as they apply to specific places and regions in the world • Synthesizes and evaluates the maze of existing rankings of cities and countries in the world with fresh and original information to produce a novel assessment of the geography of global happiness • Presents information about cities and countries in all parts of the world fairly and in both positive and negative lights

The Rough Guide To Amsterdam

Author: Rough Guides
Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
ISBN: 1789195268
Size: 58.48 MB
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Discover Amsterdam with this comprehensive, entertaining, 'tell it like it is' Rough Guide, packed with exhaustive practical information and our experts' honest independent recommendations. Whether you plan to explore the Museum District, visit the moving Anne Frank Huis, hole up in a cosy brown café or cycle the leafy lanes of Vondel park, The Rough Guide to Amsterdam will show you the perfect places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way. Detailed regional coverage: provides in-depth practical information for every step of every kind of trip, from intrepid off-the-beaten-track adventures, to chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas. Regions covered include: Old Centre; Red Light District; Grachtengordel; Jordaan; western docklands; old Jewish quarter; Plantage; eastern docklands; Amsterdam Noord; NDSM shipyard; Museum Quarter; DePijp; Amsterdamse Bos. Honest independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, and recommendations you can truly trust, our writers will help you get the most from your trip to Amsterdam. Meticulous mapping: always full colour, with clear numbered, colour-coded keys. Navigate the trendy NDSM Wharf neighbourhood, the narrow streets of Jordaan and many more locations without needing to getonline. Fabulous full-colour photography: features a richness of inspirational colour photography, including postcard-pretty Begijnh of and the colourful Bloemenmarkt. Things not to miss: Rough Guides' rundown of Amsterdam's best sights and top experiences, including Koninklijk Paleis, the Anne Frank Huis, Joods Historisch Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Itineraries: carefully planned routes will help you organise your trip, and inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences. Basics section: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting there, getting around, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, sports and outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, shopping and more. Background information: comprehensive Contexts chapter provides fascinating insights into Amsterdam, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary. About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides' list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.

Amsterdam Tales

Author: Helen Constantine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192529048
Size: 16.28 MB
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In this volume Paul Vincent presents a compelling collection of prose fiction, memoirs and anecdotes centring on Amsterdam from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. His selection offers a rare insight into the history and culture of the city. The subjects range from Rembrandt to the persecution of the Jews in World War 2, from barricades in a working-class district during the Depression to a writer's unhealthy obsession with a massage parlour. These eighteen newly-translated tales give the reader, and the traveller, a tantalizing glimpse of the Amsterdam that lies beyond the tourist guidebooks.

The Anatomy Lesson

Author: Nina Siegal
Publisher: Rose M. Carlson
ISBN:
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Set in seventeenth-century Holland, an engrossing historical novel that brilliantly imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings Commissioned by a prominent Amsterdam medical guild, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was one of Rembrandt's first paintings to gain public notice. The novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection, and, as they prepare for that evening's big event, it follows several characters: a one-handed coat thief called Aris the Kid, who is awaiting his turn at the gallows; the twenty-six-year-old Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment; Jan Fetchet, a curio collector who also moonlights as an acquirer of medical cadavers; Flora, the woman pregnant with Aris's child, who hopes to collect her lover's body for a Christian burial before it's too late; René Descartes, who attended the dissection in the course of his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and Pia, a contemporary art historian who is examining the painting in the future. As the story builds to its dramatic and inevitable conclusion, the events that transpire throughout the day sway Rembrandt to change his initial composition in a fundamental way. Bringing to life the vivid world of Amsterdam in 1632, The Anatomy Lesson offers a rich slice of history and a textured story by a masterful young writer. NINA SIEGAL is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Jack Leggett Fellowship from Iowa, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She is the founding editor of Time Out Amsterdam and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and International Herald Tribune. Author Residence: Amsterdam "Brilliantly structured, wonderfully evocative, filled with vivid characters, The Anatomy Lesson transports the reader to that day in 1632 when the coat thief Aris Kindt passed from life to death and from death, thanks first to Rembrandt and now Nina Siegal, into immortality. A dazzling debut." *-Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy "Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is a narrative in paint which tells a story of Amsterdam in its Golden Age. Now, Nina Siegal's lovely novel dissects the dissection, evocatively translating the painted narrative into words, bringing a grim tableau to life and reanimating a moment in history when art, science, life, and death converged." -*Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Europe

Author: Dk Travel Writers
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 9780789480668
Size: 23.99 MB
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An illustrated guide to Europe, including sights, hotels, restaurants and travel tips.

Best Of Amsterdam

Author: Terry Carter
Publisher:
ISBN:
Size: 66.54 MB
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Complemented by fold-out maps anf full-color photographs, these handy pocket-sized travel guides include the best of city landmarks and must-see sights, restaurants, accommodations, and entertainment options for the traveler with limited time.

Fodor S Amsterdam

Author: Fodor's
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781400013371
Size: 66.25 MB
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Includes information on hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and sightseeing in Amsterdam.

A Concise History Of The Netherlands

Author: James C. Kennedy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521875889
Size: 55.75 MB
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The Netherlands is known among foreigners today for its cheese and its windmills, its Golden Age paintings and its experimentation in social policies such as cannabis and euthanasia. Yet the historical background for any of these quintessentially Dutch achievements is often unfamiliar to outsiders. This concise history offers an overview of this surprisingly little-known but fascinating country. Beginning with the first humanoid settlers, the book follows the most important contours of Dutch history, from Roman times through to the Habsburgs, the Dutch Republic and the Golden Age. The author, a modernist, pays particularly close attention to recent developments, including the signature features of contemporary Dutch society. In addition to being a political history, this overview also gives systematic attention to social and economic developments, as well as in religion, the arts and the Dutch struggle against the water. The Dutch Caribbean is also included in the narrative.

Holland

Author: Martin Dunford
Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
ISBN: 9781858282299
Size: 67.13 MB
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This Rough Guide has been expanded by more than 100 pages to provide readers with an insider's view of Amsterdam, including everything from cafes to museums, while not forgetting the country's beautiful scenery in places such as Arnhem and the duney islands of northern Holland. 45 maps & plans.