Taking you on a trip through his life in the Netherlands, Marc Resch makes us grateful for his powers of observation and capacity to remember all that assaults your consciousness and sub-consciousness alike. – XPat Review
The American academic Marc Resch describes Dutch peculiarities in a conscientious and humoristic manner. He touches upon many cultural aspects of the country, such as the mentality, the history, values, and typical commercial products. The book not only discusses the well-known cheese and euthanasia, but also Zwarte Piet and Ajax. Resch describes in critical but admiring words all these fascinating subjects and goes against the stereotype of the Dutch as boring or bizarre people. – Nederlandse Taalunie
For the thus-naive among the newcomers, or those who are well aware of how different life will be here, or simply the curious, this book is a great, complete and yet informal guide on life among the Dutch. – XPat Review
Mr. Resch touches on almost every aspect of what it means to be Dutch and provides explanations from his unique perspective as both Dutch insider and American. – Dutch International Society
Only in Holland, Only the Dutch delves into the psyche, culture, history, values and distinctiveness of Holland and its people. It sheds light on the mysteriousness that pervades throughout the country as well as explains the working and social behaviors of the Dutch.
Only in Holland, Only the Dutch takes an intelligent, and often times humorous, look into the many idiosyncrasies of Holland and those who call it home and explores the incredible impact the industrious Dutch had on all corners of the globe.
The book delves into numerous intriguing aspects of Holland, such as the juxtaposition of the fairy-tale images – wooden shoes, windmills, tulips, cheese, cheerful girls with pigtails milking cows – with that of the seedier side, i.e. the Red Light District, live sex shows and legalized marijuana cafés.
Although useful to visitors, this is not just another travel guide. Only in Holland, Only the Dutch takes a behind the scenes look at Holland and its people and offers an insider´s perspective on the many intricacies and fascinating facets of the Dutch culture. It’s a refreshing relief from the numerous, mundane travel guides that populate the shelves of the major bookstores.
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