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The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps

The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps

Ben Coates, author of the bestselling Why the Dutch are Different, cycles the Rhine river from source to mouth, discovering the mark it makes on Europe.

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ISBN 9781473662179
Barcode 9781473662179
Published 11 September 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Coates, Ben
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ISBN-13 9781473662179
ISBN-10 1473662176
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Imprint Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication Date 11 September 2018
International Publication Date 6 November 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Coates, Ben
Category European History
Physical Geography
Cycling
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 312g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Cycling - Rhine River Valley, Rhine River - History, Rhine River Valley - History, Rhine River Valley - Social life and customs
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 914.34
Catalogue Code 930922

Description of this Book

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 wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the social democratic playground of the Netherlands. 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 to the river's source in the icy Alps, then cycles along its course through six countries to where it enters the North Sea. 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Vivid and informative * Geographical * Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait * Prospect * Ben Coates has produced an insightful gem * Scotsman - Books of the Year * *Praise for Ben Coates* -- -
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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

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