Tourists who visit Amsterdam often return home with stories about the city’s romantic canal tours, red light district, and, of course, hash bars. However, Russell Shorto, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, sheds a new, comprehensive light on his adopted hometown in his new book, AMSTERDAM: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. In his earlier work, The Island at the Center of the World, the American-born Amsterdam resident explored the lesser-known Dutch influences that have shaped Manhattan. Now, in his new book, Shorto takes a deeper look at the history, struggles, and triumphs of the capital city of the Netherlands, and how they impacted economic and political freedom in America. Joined by Michael Pollan, Shorto will discuss AMSTERDAM and his life in “the world’s most liberal city” at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley).