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Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands by [Ben Coates]

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A book as quietly appealing as its subject and full of fascinating details. Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait.―Prospect

Vivid and informative. Coates intertwines the nationâ??s journey to its modern iteration with his own adaptation to the Dutch lifestyle. An accomplished debut.―Geographical

One of the few books on our near-neighbour, Coates gets under the skin of a nation renowned for its liberalism.―The Bookseller

In Why the Dutch are Different, a torch beam of scrutiny plays across the country's past and its lesser known foibles. Author Ben Coates has produced an insightful gem.―Scotsman - Books of the Year

I thoroughly recommend this book. Why the Dutch are Different provides the answers to all the questions I had but didn't dare ask about the Netherlands. I eagerly sat up late into the night reading, laughing often and enjoying the ride into my adopted homeland.―DutchNews

Fascinating. Thoroughly researched and well thought out, Why the Dutch are Different takes us on a journey that goes beyond red-lit windows and Anne Frank to the true depths of the country. Ben Coates's day-to-day life sits effortlessly alongside deeper dives into history and folklore. A friendly read that strikes the right balance between teaching and entertaining.―The Bookbag

A striking portrait of the Netherlands in the 21st century, offering a refreshing and long overdue update of the way the Dutch national character is described.―Edinburgh Book Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Ben Coates was born in Britain in 1982, lives in Rotterdam with his Dutch wife, and now works for an international charity. During his career he has been a political advisor, corporate speechwriter, lobbyist and aid worker. He has written articles for numerous publications including the Guardian, Financial Times and Huffington Post. ben-coates.com --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B014GBMMOA
  • Publisher : Nicholas Brealey (September 24, 2015)
  • Publication date : September 24, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1275 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 278 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 548 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant and informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable account of one man's take on Holland - now and then
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for people who like Bill Bryson (as I do)
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