RUSSELL SHORTO's latest book is "Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City." Author James Gleick describes it as "The story of a great city that has shaped the soul of the world. Masterful reporting, vivid history--the past and present are equally alive in this book." Russell Shorto is also the bestselling author of "The Island at the Center of the World" and "Descartes' Bones," and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. His books have been published in fourteen languages. From 2008 to 2013 he was the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.