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 16th-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 from its golden age to the present.
"Worth Reading - Highly Recommended"
The best-selling author of Atonement and Enduring Love, Ian McEwan is known as one of contemporary fiction’s most acclaimed writers. This Booker Prize-winning novel by McEwan finds two men connecting at the funeral of their ex-lover. Distressed by how she was slowly destroyed by an illness, the two make a pact to save each other from enduring such a fate.
"A Workaday Work From a Master"
Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.
"A delightful surprise!"
In this Gaslight Mystery from the national best-selling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of 19th-century New York City....
Peter Stuyvesant: legends abound about the character, temperament, and wooden leg of the last director-general of New Amsterdam, fueled primarily by Washington Irving's satirical A History of New York. Krizner and Sita set the record straight here and address other misconceptions about the early days of the colony. Indeed, historical evidence does not support the legend of the 24-dollar purchase of Manhattan Island. Stuyvesant did, however, rule with an "iron fist", but he loved New Amsterdam.
There is no more progressive city than Amsterdam. It's definitely a bucket list item to visit this beautiful and interesting city and the Top Ten Things to Do in Amsterdam is the perfect guide to help you make the most out of your trip. This is not a destination for the prudish or squeamish, but it's an experience worth having. There are some guidelines and rules you need to know before you visit this "interesting" part of the city, so make sure to bring The Top Ten Things to Do in Amsterdam with you on your trip.
In this engaging, anecdotal history of food, world conquest, and desire, a chef-turned-journalist tells the story of three legendary cities, Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, that transformed the globe in the quest for spice.
En kold dag i februar mødes de to gamle venner Clive og Vernon uden for et krematorium for at tage afsked med Molly Lane. Clive, der er Storbritanniens mest succesfulde moderne komponist, og Vernon, der er chefredaktør for en af landets største aviser, har begge været Mollys elskere. Det samme har Julian, Storbritanniens udenrigsminister og premiereminister in spe, som også er mødt op til begravelsen, der afholdes af Mollys efterladte ægtemand George.
Manhattan has long been part of a bustling community, even before it formed the backbone of New York City. Centuries before New York City became a shining city of steel that enthralled millions of immigrants, Lenni-Lenape Indians, an Algonquin-speaking tribe whose name means "the People", lived in what would become New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
For years, this woman believed her mother to be critical and disapproving of her; after doing The Work, she came to see her mother's true love for her. (With live Dutch translation)
We invite you to come explore the eclectic city of Amsterdam, and see what surprises you! Passport to European Travel Guides offers this comprehensive, yet quick and concise, five-day guide to Amsterdam - one of Europe's most visited cities!
Rich with unforgettable characters and history, intricately plotted and utterly absorbing, City of Dreams is a stirring saga of early Manhattan and the beginnings of medical science told by a master storyteller.
"great book, but abridged ..."
A quick audio guide to Amsterdam - perfect for listening to while trip planning on en-route!
As a young Jewish man in 17th century Amsterdam, Baruch de Spinoza excelled as a theological student; but as he encountered free-thinking Protestants, atheists, and radicals in this relatively tolerant city, he began to question his religion and the nature of God. As a result, he was branded a heretic and faced excommunication. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
"A theatre play summarising the essence of Spinoza"
It's time for another wild and erotic adventure. This time the destination is Amsterdam. Yes it's me, your old pal, Edward, AKA EH Watson. I'm back again on another transsexual odyssey. This time, you can listen and join me as I recount multiple adventures that took place over the course of just two days in Amsterdam during early September of 2013.
Alluring, unstable, and frantically self-absorbed, Elsa de Charmoy was a dangerous woman, and now she's a dead one, shot with a gun bought by her former lover. Sulking in an Amsterdam jail, he swears it's been years since he saw Elsa, but Inspector Van der Valk isn’t quite ready to be persuaded. Like Inspector Maigret (to whom he is often compared), Van der Valk tends to pick apart the details, ideally over a good meal. And while Van der Valk's ruminations may frustrate his more action-minded colleagues, they inevitably yield a surprising resolution.
Relaxed and friendly, the smallest of Europe's major capital cites feels more like a village but its history is controversial, fascinating, and often bloody. Our tour starts at Anne Frank's house and then goes on via the beautiful Westerkerk church to the city's simple but moving monument to its gay residents who have suffered over the years.
It is December; Christmas is approaching and the magic of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities beckons. A father looks for himself in the past, struggling to deal with a recent divorce, his teenage son in tow. A single, selfless mother accompanies her only daughter and friends for a weekend-long bachelorette party. And a husband treats his wife to a birthday weekend away, somehow heightening her anxieties and insecurities about age, desire, and motherhood.
Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Charlie Howard doesn’t just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest book, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no.
"Witty, well written, excellent performance"