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Russell Shorto

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Russell Shorto is the author of a book on the Dutch origins of New York City: The Island at the Center of the World. His most recent work, published in October 2008, is Descartes' Bones, which traces the wanderings of the literal skull and bones of René Descartes through three and a half centuries, and also traces the metaphorical remains of the French philosopher in the modern world.
A 1981 graduate of George Washington University, Shorto is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and is the Director of The John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.

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The Island at the Center of...

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Amsterdam: A History of the...

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Descartes' Bones: A Skeleta...

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Gospel Truth

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Saints and Madmen: How Pion...

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Revolution Song: A Story of...

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J.R.R. Tolkien: Man of Fant...

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Abraham Lincoln and the End...

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Tecumseh and the Dream of a...

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“We are graced with a godlike ability to transcend time and space in our minds but are chained to death.”
Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

“Opinions differ on the question of whether a golden age is something you can experience while it's happening or whether it only comes into focus on reflection...no matter how grand and prosperous and momentous the time in which you are living may be, its grandeur is inevitably stained by the incessant drabness of the present.”
Russell Shorto, Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

“For liberalism is a delicate thing. It encompasses so much -- constitutional government, democratic elections, freedom of worship, civil rights, free trade -- that we think of it as timeless and universal. But liberalism came into being in a real place and time, like a flame it has wavered in various eras, and it can be snuffed out.”
Russell Shorto, Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

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