Biography

Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto is the bestselling author of THE ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, GOSEPL TRUTH and SAINTS AND MADMEN. He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and the Director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam, where he lives.

Russell Shorto

Books by Russell Shorto

by Russell Shorto - History, Nonfiction

Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. Through these lives, we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change.

by Russell Shorto - History, Nonfiction

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses; student travelers know it for hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." Russell Shorto reveals how the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam has had a profound effect on Dutch --- and world --- history.