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Russell Shorto

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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Amsterdam
Written by Russell Shorto
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2014
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74375-6 (0-307-74375-6)

In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the evolution of one of the world's greatest cities. From the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through the brutal struggle for Dutch independence and its golden age as the capital of a vast empire, to its complex present in which... Read more






Amsterdam
Written by Russell Shorto
Doubleday | Hardcover | October 2013
$28.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-53457-4 (0-385-53457-4)

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... Read more






Descartes' Bones
Written by Russell Shorto
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27566-0 (0-307-27566-3)

A New York Times Notable BookSixteen 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... Read more






The Island at the Center of the World
Written by Russell Shorto
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7867-7 (1-4000-7867-9)

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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