Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands

By | January 29, 2018
Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands Author Ben Coates
ISBN-10 185788633X
ISBN-13 9781857886337
Year 2016-05-03
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Nicholas Brealey
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A SCOTSMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR Stranded at Schiphol airport Ben Coates called up a friendly Dutch girl he d met some months earlier He stayed for dinner Actually he stayed for good In the first book to consider the hidden heart and history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective the author explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world s smallest countries is also so significant and so fascinating It is a self made country the Dutch national character shaped by the ongoing battle to keep the water out from the love of dairy and beer to the attitude to nature and the famous tolerance Ben Coates investigates what makes the Dutch the Dutch why the Netherlands is much more than Holland and why the colour orange is so important Along the way he reveals why they are the world s tallest people and have the best carnival outside Brazil He learns why Amsterdam s brothels are going out of business who really killed Anne Frank and how the Dutch manage to be richer than almost everyone else despite working far less He also discovers a country which is changing fast with the Dutch now questioning many of the liberal policies which made their nation famous A personal portrait of a fascinating people a sideways history and an entertaining travelogue Why the Dutch are Different is the story of an Englishman who went Dutch And loved it

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