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The Rhine


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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. ben-coates.com


Among the finest multi-destination books is The Rhine . . . Coates's itchy feet paddle him steadily (after a disaster in a rowing boat) on two wheels from Holland (sleeping in dunes), past Utrecht to the German border (Arnhem redolent of war in A Bridge Too Far) to sleepier Bonn. History shimmers across his hinterland, contested in two world wars, and his curiosity - Coates's great strength - unearths the ways in which the river shaped the destinies of those who made its ever changing banks their home. - Scotsman - Books of the YearA captivating mixture of travel and history. - CompassA piece of nonfiction that's both a travelogue and historic account of how the river shaped Europe. - Smithsonian magazine - Books of the YearBen Coates discovers how the Rhine influenced history. - Daily ExpressBen Coates discovers how the Rhine influenced history. - Daily Express

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