In the City of Bikes : The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, Paperback Book

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

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Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Man's 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 todayPete 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 Jordan's In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780061995200

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The cover is what attracted me first to the book. Then, I saw the title and assumed it was all about bikes in Holland. I was pleased that I was right. The book is exactly what you would think it would be, with a lot more history, more about the people, the land, the experience and so much more. Not only did I come across familiar things but I learned so much more. If I had sat on the bike myself, I don't think I would have taken as much in as I did with this book. Peter told it in such a way that kept it interesting.

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