Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City

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A magnet for trade and travelers 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 center and thriving modern metropolis.

“Lovers of Amsterdam will revel in the exhaustive reconstruction of everyday life in the medieval city.” -Independent on Sunday

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