The Life and Times of Rembrandt Author:Hendrik Willem van Loon An Authorized Abridgement — "A book of magnificent learning. It is crammed and packed and overflowing with information concerning the seventeenth century, when Amsterdam was the center of the European world and, through New Amsterdam, was closely connected with America. — At the same time, however, Mr. van Loon has remained the historian he has al... more »ways been: that is, a man full of great vitality and ranging curiosity about all the aspects of human life, who has written history as only an aspect of his desire to comment upon human life at large.
The book is full of high spirits, eager thinking, laughter, scorn, reason, kindness, observation, shrewdness, courage, love of adventure, confidence in the processes of the mind, interest in the methods of the heart. There is in the book much of that opulence of life which the Dutch painters of the seventeenth century excelled in representing." -Carl Van Doren« less