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The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps

Ben Coates



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John Murray
11 September 2018
European history; Physical geography & topography; Cycling; Travel & holiday; Travel writing
The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

For five years, Ben Coates lived alongside a major channel of the river in Rotterdam, crossing it daily, swimming and sailing in its tributaries. In THE RHINE, he sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where it enters the North Sea, following it through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, to where its source in the icy Alps. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history and finds out how influences have flowed along and across the river, shaping the people who live alongside it.

Blending travelogue and offbeat history, The Rhine tells the fascinating story of how a great river helped shape a continent.
By:   Ben Coates
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   312g
ISBN:   9781473662179
ISBN 10:   1473662176
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   11 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Coates was born in Britain in 1982, lives in Rotterdam with his Dutch wife, and now works for an international charity. During his career he has been a political advisor, corporate speechwriter, lobbyist and aid worker. He has written articles for numerous publications including the Guardian, Financial Times and Huffington Post.

Reviews for The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps

Vivid and informative. * Geographical * Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait. * Prospect * Ben Coates has produced an insightful gem. * Scotsman - Book of the Year * *Praise for Why the Dutch are Different* -- - Ben Coates discovers how the Rhine influenced history. * Daily Express * A captivating mixture of travel and history. * Compass *

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