Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto in 2010.

Russell Shorto (born February 8, 1959) is an American author, historian and journalist, best known for his book on the Dutch origins of New York City, The Island at the Center of the World.[1] Shorto's research for this book relied greatly on the work of the New Netherland Project (now known as the New Netherland Research Center)[2] and the New Netherland Institute.[3] Shorto is the New Netherland Research Center's 2013 Senior Scholar.

His most recent work, published in October 2013, is Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City, which tells the story of the city from its origins, through its Golden Age, to the present day.

Born in The New York Times Magazine and was (2008 - 2013) director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam, where he lived for 6 years, from 2007 to 2013. As of 2014, Shorto resides in Cumberland, Maryland, where his working on his next book, a narrative history of the American Revolution.[4]

On September 8, 2009, Shorto received a Dutch knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau for strengthening the relationship between the Netherlands and the United States through his publications and as Director of the John Adams Institute.

Contents

  • Bibliography 1
  • External links 2
  • References 3

Bibliography

Books

  • Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City ISBN 978-1-408-70348-9 (New York, Doubleday, October 2013).
  • Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason ISBN 978-0-385-51753-9 (New York, Random House, October 14, 2008). book's website
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America ISBN 0-385-50349-0 (New York, Doubleday, 2004). book's website
  • Saints and Madmen: How Pioneering Psychiatrists Are Creating a New Science of the Soul ISBN 0-8050-5902-4 (New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1999).
  • Gospel Truth: The New Image of Jesus Emerging from Science and History, and Why It Matters ISBN 1-57322-056-6 (New York, Riverhead Books, 1997).

Articles

  • "My City: Past Forward Amsterdam", National Geographic Traveler, Vol. 31 No. 5, August/September 2014
  • "The Way Greeks Live Now", The New York Times Magazine, February 13, 2012
  • "The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread", The New York Times Sunday Review, July 30, 2011
  • "The Kinder, Gentler Extremist", The New York Times Magazine, April 29, 2011
  • "The Nanny and Her Sister", NRC Handelsblad, April 24, 2011
  • "The Irish Affliction", The New York Times Magazine, February 9, 2011
  • "The Integrationist", The New York Times Magazine, May 28, 2010
  • "Making Haste from Babylon" (book review), The New York Times Book Review, May 21, 2010
  • "How Christian Were the Founders?", The New York Times Magazine, February 11, 2010
  • "Going Dutch", The New York Times Magazine, May 3, 2009
  • "The Invention of Air" (book review) The New York Times Book Review, January 23, 2009
  • "The Legacy of Decartes' Bones", NRC Handelsblad, December 23, 2008
  • "Descartes' Bones", The Huffington Post, October 31, 2008
  • "No Babies?", The New York Times Magazine, June 29, 2008
  • "Keeping the Faith", The New York Times Magazine, April 8, 2007
  • "Contra-Contraception", The New York Times Magazine, May 7, 2006
  • "This Very, Very Old House", The New York Times Magazine, March 5, 2006
  • "All Political Ideas Are Local", The New York Times Magazine, October 2, 2005
  • "What's Their Real Problem with Gay Marriage? (It's the Gay Part)", The New York Times Magazine, June 19, 2005
  • Shangri-La-Di-Da", GQ, May 1, 2005
  • "Genetic Family Values", The New York Times Magazine, December 12, 2004
  • "Faith at Work", The New York Times Magazine, October 21, 2004
  • "The Industry Standard", The New York Times Magazine, October 3, 2004
  • "The Future of the Past",The New York Times, September 12, 2004
  • "My Life on Darts", GQ, March 1, 2004
  • "Al Franken, Seriously", The New York Times Magazine, March 21, 2004
  • "The Streets Where History Lives",The New York Times, February 9, 2004
  • "A Short-Order Revolutionary", January 11, 2004
  • "The Un-Pilgrims",The New York Times, November 27, 2003
  • "Most Wanted", The New York Times Magazine, August 25, 2002
  • "McLaughlin? Is That a Jewish Name?", The New York Times Magazine, March 24, 2002

External links

Reviews

  • "Relics of the Modern Mind", review of Descartes' Bones, by Lisa Jardine in Nature
  • "Body of Knowledge", review of Descartes' Bones, by Gary Rosen in The New York Times, November 2, 2008

Interviews

Videos

  • "Descartes' Bones", 4-minute intro about Descartes' Bones
  • "Descartes' Bones", 40-min author talk at Authors@Google

Other

  • Home Page
  • Island at the Center of the WorldDutch Pronunciation guide to

References

  1. ^ Russell Shorto, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America. First Edition. New York City: Vintage Books (a Division of Random House, 2004. ISBN 1-4000-7867-9
  2. ^ http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/about-nni/about-the-nnrc/
  3. ^ newnetherlandinstitute.org
  4. ^ "Contributors: Russell Shorto" National Geographic Traveler, Vol. 31 No. 5, August/September 2014, at page 6.