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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409000853
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352


A brief life of the city

A delightful journey through time and through the streets of one of the greatest cultural capitals in Europe.

A magnet for trade and travellers from all over the world, stylish, cosmopolitan Amsterdam is a city of dreams and nightmares, of grand civic architecture and legendary beauty, but also of civil wars, bloody religious purges, and the tragedy of Anne Frank. In this fascinating examination of the city's soul, part history, part travel guide, Geert Mak imaginatively recreates the lives of the early Amsterdammers, and traces Amsterdam's progress from waterlogged settlement to a major financial centre and thriving modern metropolis

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409000853
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Geert Mak

Geert Mak is a journalist and historian, and the internationally acclaimed author of In Europe, Amsterdam and The Bridge. He is one of the Netherlands’ bestselling authors, has twice been awarded Historian of the Year and his books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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Praise for Amsterdam

“Lovers of Amsterdam will revel in the exhaustive reconstruction of everyday life in the medieval city”

Independent on Sunday

“A strong sense of irony and a lively prose style make Geert Mak's Amsterdam one of the most unusual and engaging 'city books' I have read this year”

Sunday Times

“Mak's brief is... to bring Amsterdam into the modern age. This he does with wit and style. But his real achievement... is to make accessible unfussily - and unsentimentally - one of Europe's most astonishing urban success stories”

James Woodall, Financial Times

“This excellent book is more than essential”

Irvine Welsh

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