Russell Shorto


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Russell Shorto

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Russell Shorto is the author, most recently, of Revolution Song, a new narrative of the American Revolution, which the New York Times called a "remarkable" achievement and the Chicago Tribune described as "an engaging piece of historical detective work and narrative craft." He is also the author of The Island at the Center of the World, a national bestseller about the Dutch founding of New York. Shorto is senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and was formerly the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.

Average rating: 4.06 · 12,723 ratings · 1,672 reviews · 43 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Island at the Center of...

4.13 avg rating — 7,222 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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Amsterdam: A History of the...

4.07 avg rating — 3,055 ratings — published 2013 — 20 editions
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Descartes' Bones: A Skeleta...

3.71 avg rating — 1,647 ratings — published 2008 — 23 editions
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Revolution Song: The Story ...

4.34 avg rating — 389 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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Gospel Truth

3.89 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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Saints and Madmen: How Pion...

3.78 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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J.R.R. Tolkien: Man of Fant...

3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1989
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Abraham Lincoln and the End...

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Tecumseh and the Dream of a...

4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1989 — 2 editions
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Cinderella/Cinderella: The ...

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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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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