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Russell Shorto
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Russell Shorto is author, most recently, of Descartes’ Bones and The Island at the Center of the World and is a contributing writer at the The New York Times Magazine. His books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. From 2008 to 2013, he was the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.

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August 12, 2014
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Amsterdam
A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $16.95

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Amsterdam
A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $28.95

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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

Amsterdam
A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $14.99

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Descartes' Bones
A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $16.00

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes’ bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto shows... Read more >
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Descartes' Bones
A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Island at the Center of the World

Written by Russell Shorto


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $13.99

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The Island at the Center of the World
The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.95

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000... Read more >
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