Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands by Ben CoatesThe first book to offer an in depth look at hidden Holland and the fascinating people that live there, Why the Dutch are Different is an entertaining book about a country unlike any other. The Netherlands are a tiny nation that punch above their weight on the world stage, where prostitutes are entitled to sick pay and prisons are closing due to lack of demand. After a chance encounter, Ben Coates left behind life in London to move to the Netherlands, where he learned the language, worked for Dutch company and married a Dutch wife. He takes readers into the heart of his adopted country, going beyond the usual tourist attractions and cliches to explore what it is that makes the Dutch the Dutch, Holland not the Netherlands and the colour orange so important. A travelogue, a history and a personal account of a changing country - Ben Coates tells the tale of an Englishman who went Dutch and liked it.
Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands
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Author Ben Coates has produced an insightful gem. Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait. Coates intertwines the nation's journey to its modern iteration with his own adaptation to the Dutch lifestyle. An accomplished debut. 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. 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.
In Why the Dutch are Different , Ben Coates, UK citizen and writer who moved to the Netherlands for love, shares some insights into Dutch history, mixed with some story-telling and his personal journey through the country, mainly in the Rotterdam area and the Southern part of the Netherlands.
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Geschreven bij Why the Dutch are Different. Interessant en intelligent geschreven boek. Coates schrijft heel spontaan en met veel humor over Nederland zoals hij het ervaart. Het lezen van dit boek doet je beseffen dat wij het in de wereld nog zo slecht niet doen. Hij is echter eerlijk genoeg om ook wat minder positieve dingen op papier te zetten.