Murder in Amsterdam – Ian Buruma (2006)

Murder in Amsterdam

I’m reading this new book that centers around the murder of Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam in 2004, but ranges widely over the politics and ethnic divisions and tensions present in the Netherlands today. Van Gogh was a provocateur, and he clearly hit a nerve with some people. The earlier murder of Pim Fortuyn, a flamboyant politician who voiced concerns about the religious orientation of Muslim immigrants, made it clear that the normally placid Dutch population has a lot on its mind. Provides a history and context for what is shaping up as a primary issue in much of Europe today.

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