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Why the Dutch are Different
What makes one culture stand out from another can be as deeply rooted as a tulip bulb and as subtle as that flower’s scent. To discover just what makes the Dutch different from their fellow Europeans, Ben Coates—a British transplant who found himself stranded on a layover in Amsterdam, and stayed—traveled the Netherlands, participating in festivals, viewing art, observing religion and studying the country’s landscape and history. He recorded his findings in his delightful book Why the Dutch are Different. The water, is one answer.
Empire's Crossroads
Kindly contributed by Ben Coates, who was born in Hertfordshire, England and currently lives in Rotterdam where he works for an international charity. His first book Why the Dutch are Different: Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands is published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  The Netherlands is a country often defined by clichés: a place where windmills turn gently in the breeze, bicycles rattle over ancient cobbled streets and slender townhouses line quaysides like books along a shelf.
Spring Travel Titles
Like many travelers, we’re already looking ahead to spring. Whether plotting your travels or simply hoping for a good armchair vacation, here are some titles to watch for as the weather warms. Why the Dutch are Different. Mingling history with travelogue, English expat Ben Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country, significant beyond its size. His probing narrative explains the importance of the color orange, the ongoing battle to keep water out, the Dutch love affairs with milk and beer, their attitudes toward nature, their world-famous culture of tolerance and why there are many “nether lands.”