About the Book
When Pete Jordan arrives in Amsterdam to study how to make America's cities more bicycle-friendly, he immediately falls in love with the city that already lives life on two wheels. His new bride, Amy Joy, joins Pete, and despite their financial hardships and instability, she eventually finds her own new calling as a bicycle mechanic as Pete discovers the untold history of cycling in Amsterdam.
From its beginnings as an elitis t pastime in the 1890s to the street-consuming craze of the 1920s, from the bicycle's role in a citywide resistance to the Nazi occupation to the White Bikes of the 1960s and the bike fishermen of today, Jordan chronicles the evolution of Amsterdam's cycling.
Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, In the City of Bikes is the story of a man who loves bikes—in a city that loves bikes.
Educator and Librarian Resources
“[W]hat could have been a straightforward history [is] something more special: history that doesn’t feel like history--just an enjoyable story from start to finish….An excellent choice for bikers and those who appreciate how a city’s history can be changed by the simplest of passions.” (Kirkus Reviews) —
- ISBN: 9780061995200
- ISBN 10: 0061995207
- Imprint: Harper Perennial
- On Sale: 04/08/2013
- Pages: 400
- List Price: 19.99 CAD
- BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs