The Embarrassment of Riches : An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
by Simon Schama
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation which invented itself from the ground, reached an unprecedented level of wealth, and lived in constant fear of being corrupted by happinessDrawing on a wide range of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-created in detail a nation’s mental stateHe says to bloody revolts and stranding of whales, worship of hygiene and plague, tobacco, thrifty housewives and prodigal tulip-speculatorsHe tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by his enemies.”History on a large scaleAn ambitious portrait of one of the most remarkable episodes in modern history”New York Times “Wonderfully inclusive; with wit and intense curiosity he teases out of the meaning of all aspects of 17th century Dutch, life”–Robert Hughes
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