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In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist

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Publisher Comments:

When Pete Jordan arrives in Amsterdam to study how to make America's cities more bicycle-friendly, he immediately falls in love with the city that already lives life on two wheels. His new bride, Amy Joy, joins Pete, and despite their financial hardships and instability, she eventually finds her own new calling as a bicycle mechanic as Pete discovers the untold history of cycling in Amsterdam.

From its beginnings as an elitist pastime in the 1890s to the street-consuming craze of the 1920s, from the bicycle's role in a citywide resistance to the Nazi occupation to the White Bikes of the 1960s and the bike fishermen of today, Jordan chronicles the evolution of Amsterdam's cycling.

Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, In the City of Bikes is the story of a man who loves bikes — in a city that loves bikes.

Review:

“[W]hat could have been a straightforward history [is] something more special: history that doesn't feel like history — just an enjoyable story from start to finish….An excellent choice for bikers and those who appreciate how a city's history can be changed by the simplest of passions.” Kirkus Reviews

Review:

“Jordan brings depth and color to a niche subject, delivering an engaging cultural history. By the end, readers will understand that the bike is to Amsterdam what the car is to America. Both are more than modes of transportation: they're a substantial part of their riders identities.” Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Mans Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, is back with a memoir that tells the story of his love affair with Amsterdam, the city of bikes, all the while unfolding an unknown history of the city's cycling, from the craze of the 1890s, through the Nazi occupation, to the bike-centric culture adored by the world today.

Pete never planned to stay long in Amsterdam, just a semester. But he quickly falls in love with the city and soon his wife, Amy Joy, joins him. Together they explore every inch of their new home on two wheels, their rides a respite from the struggles that come with starting a new life in a new country.

Weaving together personal anecdotes and details of the role that cycling has played throughout Dutch history, Pete Jordans In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.

About the Author

Pete Jordan chronicled his adventures as a dishwasher on NPR's This American Life and in his underground zine Dishwasher, which amassed a following of nearly 10,000 readers. He moved to Amsterdam with his wife in 2002 and began a new life as a bicycle mechanic and writer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061995200
Subtitle:
The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist
Author:
Jordan, Pete
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Transportation - General
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20130416
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 1.00901 in 10.4 oz

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Product details 448 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061995200 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[W]hat could have been a straightforward history [is] something more special: history that doesn't feel like history — just an enjoyable story from start to finish….An excellent choice for bikers and those who appreciate how a city's history can be changed by the simplest of passions.”
"Review" by , “Jordan brings depth and color to a niche subject, delivering an engaging cultural history. By the end, readers will understand that the bike is to Amsterdam what the car is to America. Both are more than modes of transportation: they're a substantial part of their riders identities.”
"Synopsis" by , Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Mans Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, is back with a memoir that tells the story of his love affair with Amsterdam, the city of bikes, all the while unfolding an unknown history of the city's cycling, from the craze of the 1890s, through the Nazi occupation, to the bike-centric culture adored by the world today.

Pete never planned to stay long in Amsterdam, just a semester. But he quickly falls in love with the city and soon his wife, Amy Joy, joins him. Together they explore every inch of their new home on two wheels, their rides a respite from the struggles that come with starting a new life in a new country.

Weaving together personal anecdotes and details of the role that cycling has played throughout Dutch history, Pete Jordans In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.

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