Amsterdam by Geert Mak
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By Geert Mak


The Brief Life of a City

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Translated by Philipp Blom See other recent books by Philipp Blom
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Amsterdam by Geert Mak

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A magnet for trade and travellers from all over the world, stylish, cosmopolitan Amsterdam is a city not only 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860467899
ISBN-10: 186046789X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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In America by Geert Mak In America, Paperback (November 2015)

In 1960, John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books. Half a century on, Geert Mak sets off from Steinbeck's home.

Island in Time by Geert Mak Island in Time, Paperback (September 2010)

Jowert has more in common with an English village than with Amsterdam, and it's moving story of neighbours and their efforts to preserve their long established way of life is relevant to the changing face of the countryside everywhere in Europe. In this title, the author returns returns to the Frisian village of his childhood to tell its story.

Bridge by Geert Mak Bridge, Paperback (March 2009)

Istanbul's Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn since the sixth century AD, connecting the old city with the more Western districts to the north. This title introduces reader to the cigarette vendors and the best pickpockets in Europe, and interweaves their stories with vignettes illuminating the history of Istanbul and Turkey.

In Europe by Geert Mak In Europe, Paperback (March 2008)

The author spent the year 1999 criss-crossing the continent. This book offers an account of that journey, full of diaries, newspaper reports and memoirs, and the voices of prominent figures and unknown players; from the grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Adriana Warno in Poland, with her holiday job at the gates of the camp at Birkenau.

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UK Kirkus Review » 'Tis commonly said this city is very like Venice,' a widely travelled English visitor wrote of Amsterdam towards the end of the 17th century. 'For my part I believe Amsterdam to be much superior.' In this absorbing book, one of Holland's best-known journalists has traced the history of this captivating city and its people from its earliest days as a primitive settlement amidst a boggy marshland full of reeds and alder thickets. The story passes through the times of the prosperous 16th-century merchant depicted in a painting by Jacobszoon, sitting in his counting house with the profits of his trade on the table before him, to the horrors of the war and the fearful 'Hunger Winter' of 1945 when the empty houses of tens of thousands of deported Jews were plundered for firewood and 1600 Amsterdammers died of starvation in a single month. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Geert Mak

Geert Mak is a jounalist and historian, and one of Holland's bestselling writers; he is author of the prize-winning In Europe and An Island in Time. Philip Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970 and now works in London as a journalist, novelist and translator.

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