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The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For five years, Ben Coates lived alongside a major channel of the river in Rotterdam, crossing it daily, swimming and sailing in its tributaries. In The Rhine, he sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where it enters the North Sea, following it through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, to its source in the icy Alps. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history and finds out how influences have flowed along and across the river, shaping the people who live alongside it. Blending travelogue and offbeat history, The Rhine tells the fascinating story of how a great river helped shape a continent.
*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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What kind of people and society have we become? With the twenty-first century bearing witness to tremendous changemuch of which has been prompted by severe internal and global challenges to both the economy and the way we share informationthere is a need for a social and psychological counterbalance to place this change in perspective and stem the tide of disillusionment and fear. The Prince and the King presents a birds-eye view of the social forces and monumental changes that have delivered us into this twenty-first centuryforces which drive us forward and mould us into the future. Beginning with a behind-the-scenes look at the Second World War and what happened during the post-war years of development, it also explores the sociocultural changes of the sixties and seventies and the issues of identity that faced those individuals during the eighties. As these trends began to spread during the nineties, the stage was set for some of the dramatic changes that now pose a challenge to individuals, families, and society today. By focusing on the social development of individuals and communities, we can be in a position to see how we have actually adjusted to this change. The important task at hand, however, is to pause amidst this changing landscapeand perhaps look at our Christian faithin order to consider if this is the psychological and spiritual place that individuals and societies should choose as their future.

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