Judith White, The Seventh Etching—a Golden Age Family Drama, (iUniverse.com, 2012).
While living in Amsterdam, NAF-Boston member Judith White became fascinated with the city’s 17th century history, culture and art. Once back in the US, she wrote her first novel, The Seventh Etching. From the flap: “ A historic family drama based in and near 1640 Amsterdam, the wealthiest city on earth at the time, The Seventh Etching tells the story of two families over a one-year period. Both Griet and Johannes Verhoeven, farmers in their early 20’s and Jos and Myriam Broekhof, wealthy merchants in their 30’s, face devastating losses that threaten their livelihood, and their marriages. After a major flood, Griet and Johannes attempt to rebuild two combined family farms — a unique, promising inheritance that initially brought them together, but now overwhelms them. Myriam secretly sells her husband’s valuable art collection to build a hidden monument to their deceased daughter. Jos suffers despair and defeat as he combs every corner of the city in his obsessive attempt to complete a set of playfully erotic etchings. It is a six-year old Gypsy orphan, Nelleke, who connects the two couples. Sprightly and spirited, Nelleke both delights and exasperates. Might this mysterious child have the power to heal struggling adults and find the permanent home she seeks? Does she, innocently and unknowingly, hold the clue to the missing etching, as Jos suspects”.
Jaap & Ina Soep Polak, Steal a Pencil for Me: Love letters from Camps Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, (Lion Books, 2000).
A book about a concentration camp courtship that led to the couple’s celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in 2006.
Edith Velmans, Edith’s Story, (Soho Press, 1998; Bantam trade paperback, 2001).
“The True Story of a Young Girl’s Courage and Survival During World War II.”
Loet Velmans, Long Way Back to the River Kwai–Memories of World War II, (Arcade Publishing, 2011) (first issued in 2003).
Loet Velmans was seventeen when the Germans, in 1940, invaded the Netherlands. After first escaping to London, he sailed to the Dutch East Indies where he joined the Dutch Army. In 1943, Velmans was taken prisoner by the Japanese and –after imprisonment in Singapore and surviving unspeakably cruel conditions on prisoner ships— was, along with some 20,000 British, Dutch and Australian POWs and 200,000 Asian slave-laborers, forced in building a railroad on the Burma-Thailand border. More than 200,000 died from malaria, dysentery, malnutrition and suffered unfathomable cruelty at the hands of the Japanese. Velmans survived. In 2000, he visited the place where he miraculously survived and were he had buried his closest friend. In his post-war career, Velmans became CEO of Hill & Knowlton. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Mr Velmans served as Chairman of the Netherland-America Foundation.
Theodore H.M. Prudon, Preservation of Modern Architecture, (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
From the cover: “Modern architecture, built from approximately the 1920s to the 1970s, defined the twentieth century. Now, as works of modern architecture face a fate ranging from deterioration to functional obsolescence, the unique challenges of saving these buildings are evolving preservation practice”. The book is the first of its kind and covers both theory and practice of preservations and includes case studies (along with photos and illustrations) of preservation projects in the U.S. Europe and Australia. Theodore Prudon is a practicing architect in New York City, teaches preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and serves as Chairman of the NAF’s Cultural Committee.
Eduardo Vidal & Jan J.H. Joosten, US Securities Regulation: A Guidebook for International Companies, (Globe Law & Business, 2011).
From the publisher: “With the capital markets opening up again, many international companies are hoping to access the US capital markets as part of their financing strategy. While this option is attractive from a financial perspective, the rules governing US securities regulation are sometimes daunting for newcomers…[This] book provides a concise and practical solution…describes US securities law from the perspective of international companies and their advisors”. Includes the topics such as public offerings in the US (including initial public offerings; private placements; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; tender offers for non-US companies with US shareholders; American Depository receipts; and litigation risks; and sample checklists, legends and publicity guidelines. Co-author Jan Joosten is chairman of The Netherland-America Foundation.
Hendrik Edelman, International Publishing in the Netherlands, 1933-1945—German Exile, Scholarly Expansion, War-time Clandestinity, (Brill Academic Publishers, 2010).
From the publisher: International publishing in the Netherlands has glorious tradition in the 17th and 18th century. A remarkable revival took place after 1933 when several Dutch publishers began to issue books written by exiles of the Nazi regime in the German language. The decline of German scholarly and scientific publishing during the same period inspired a number of other Dutch publishers to expand their programs or start new ones. As the English language became more prominent internationally, enterprising Dutch publishers began to explore these markets as well. After the Germans invaded the Netherlands, a number of printers began to produce finely printed books and pamphlets in many languages clandestinely, as an act of defiance or to raise money for underground causes. Hendrik Edelman is a professor emeritus at Rutgers University and a former chairman of the NAF’s Education Committee.
Hendrik Edelman, The Netherland-America Foundation 1921-2011—A History, (Published by the Netherland-America Foundation, 2012).
Two years before NAF celebrated its 90th anniversary, Professor Henk Edelman embarked on extensive archival research, in the US and the Netherlands, to document the NAF’s 90-year record of fostering the bonds between the US and the Netherlands through exchange in the arts, sciences, education, business and public affairs. Dozens of current and past NAF members were interviewed. Founded in 1921 by Franklin D. Roosevelt and his contemporaries, the NAF experienced its ups and downs, but eventually grew into the most significant trans-Atlantic not-for-profit organization. Edelman shows how the work of volunteers on both sides of the Atlantic and the generosity on the part of thousands of individuals and corporations enabled thousands of Dutchmen and Americans to cross the Atlantic and strengthen the bonds between the two countries. A summary of the book was published in the Fall 2011 edition of the NAF Newsletter. The book can be ordered from the NAF’s offices or through the website www.thenaf.org. The author is professor emeritus at Rutgers University and is a former Chairman of the NAF’s Education Committee.
Margaret Jacob, The Scientific Revolution: A Brief History with Documents, (Bedford/St Martins Press, 2009).
In this volume Margaret Jacob explores the Scientific Revolution from its origins in the sixteenth century to its acceptance in Western societies in the late eighteenth century. Jacob’s introduction outlines the trajectory if the Scientific Revolution and argues that the revival of ancient texts in the Renaissance and the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation paved the way for science. The collected documents include writings of well-known scientists and philosophers such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Rene Descartes, and Isaac Newton, as well as primary sources documenting innovations in medicine and engineering, advances in scientific investigations, and the popularization of the scientific revolution through academies and their journals. Document headnotes, questions for consideration, a chronology and a selected bibliography support students’ study of the Scientific Revolution. Margaret Jacob (Ph.D., Cornell University) is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published widely on science, religion, the Enlightenment, freemasonry, and the origins of the Industrial Revolution. Her first book, The Newtonians and the English Revolution (1976), won the Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Dr Jacob is also a member of the NAF and member of the NAF’s Cultural Committee.
Mia Mochizuki, The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm 1566-1672, (Ashgate, 2008).
Debunking the myth of the stark white Protestant church interior, this study explores the very objectors and architectural additions that were in fact added to the Netherlandish church interiors in the first century after iconoclasm. In charting these additions, Mia Mochizuki helps explain the impact of iconoclasm on the cultural topography of the Dutch Golden Age, and by extension, permits careful scrutiny of a decisive moment in the history of the image. This book unveils, defines and reproduces a host of images previously unaddressed by scholarship and links them to more familiar and long studied Dutch paintings. It provides a religious art companion to general studies of Dutch Golden Age art and lends greater depth to our understanding of iconoclasm, as well as the way in which cultural artifacts and religious material culture reflect and help to shape the values of a community. Mia Mochizuki teaches at the Jesuit School of Theology and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California and is a member of the NAF Cultural Committee.
Amy Golahny, Mia M. Mochizuki, Lisa Vergara, eds., In His Milieu, Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias, (University of Amsterdam Press, 2006).
Gathered in honor of John Michael Montias (1928–2005), the foremost scholar on Johannes Vermeer and a pioneer in the study of the socioeconomic dimensions of art, the essays in In His Milieu are an essential contribution to the study of the social functions of making, collecting, displaying, and donating art. The nearly forty essays here by—all internationally recognized experts in the fields of art history and the economics of art—are especially revealing about the Renaissance and Baroque eras and present new material on such artists as Rembrandt, Van Eyck, Rubens and da Vinci.
Mia de Kuijper, Profit Power Economics, (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Profit Power Economics is a significant and original work on corporate strategy. Based on her extensive experience at major corporations such as AT&T, Pepsico, Office Depot and Royal Dutch Shell, De Kuijper explains how the vanishing cost of information has created the Transparent Economy necessitating a revamping of traditional corporate strategies. While in the past vertical integration often created sustainable growth and wealth, De Kuijper explains the need to develop “power nodes” in order to reap sustainable profits from markets that increasingly follow “power laws”. (In simple terms, under “power laws” 80% of the profits accrue to just 20% of the competitors). “Power nodes” exert control over suppliers, competitors and aftermarkets, and are characterized by attributes such as brands, distribution gateways, mutual utility, proprietary ingredients & technologies, and dominant position within a vertical value chain. De Kuijper (Ph.D. in economics from Harvard) illustrates how the Transparent Economy has challenged traditional concepts in economics (e.g. diminishing returns, boundaries of the firm, independent decision making) and how the Transparent Economy is leading to alternative corporate structures. A very worthwhile read for strategic thinkers, business managers and investors alike. Mia de Kuijper (principal of De Kuijper Global Partners, New York City) is a member of the NAF.
Inez Hollander, Silenced Voices: Uncovering a Family’s Colonial History in Indonesia, (Ohio University Press, 2009).
From the publishers: “Like a number of Netherlanders in the post-World War II era, Inez Hollander only gradually became aware that her family had significant connections with its Dutch colonial past, including an Indonesian great-grandmother. For the most part, such personal histories have been, if not entirely silenced, at least only whispered about in Holland, where society has remained uncomfortable with many aspects of its imperial rule. Unlike the majority of memoirs that are soaked in nostalgia for tempo doeloe, Hollander sets out to come to grips with her family’s past ….. She seeks not merely to locate and preserve family memories, but also test them against a more disinterested historical record…..Silenced Voices is an important contribution to the literature on how Dutch society has dealt with its recent colonial past”. Inez Hollander teaches at the University of California at Berkeley and is active in the NAF’s Northern California chapter.
Robert C. Visser, Rifle-Butts, Bombs, Soup and Lice – A World War II Memoir.
This World War II Memoir by then seventeen-year old Bob Visser recounts his experiences after he was caught in the November 1944 Nazi round-up of able-bodied men in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Transported to Germany to work for the German war effort he escaped, was caught and after a brief stint in prison was forced to dig trenches near the front. Following a second escape American forces liberated him from his hiding place in early March 1945. He recovered from malnutrition and injuries in hospitals in Verviers, Belgium before being able to return to his home in Rotterdam. English language.
Margaret C. Jacob, The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850, (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Written by UCLA Professor Margaret Jacob (a former member of the NAF’s Education Committee), this book is a historian’s analysis of how the development and dissemination of knowledge proved pivotal to Europe’s economic transformation in the period 1750-1850, first in Britain then in the rest of Europe. In the “new history of economic development”, culture, minds, books and education became the software without which advances in technology (hardware) would have faltered. First-rate history!
Cornelis A. (Kees) de Kluyver & John A. Jack Pearce II, Strategy: A View from the Top, 4th edition, (Prentice-Hall, 2012).
A short up-to-date and practical guide on strategy formulation for practicing business executives. Topics include strategy and its impact on corporate effectiveness, analysis of a firm’s assets, dealing with competition, making strategic choices, and implementing strategy. An elegant and highly readable blend of theory and practice, based on the co-authors extensive advisory work for corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. Professor de Kluyver is Dean and Jack & Shirley Rippey Distinguished professor at the University of Oregon Lundquist School of Business and member of the NAF’s Education Committee. Professor Pearce holds an endowed chair in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University.
Hans Brinckmann, In the Eyes of the Son, (Savant Books & Publications, 2014).
The NAF Booklist on the NAF’s website www.thenaf.org contains books written by NAF members. After a long career in international banking―with posts in Singapore, Tokyo and New York—and serving as Chairman of the NAF in the 1980s, Hans Brinckmann began a second career as a journalist, poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction. In the Eyes of the Son tells the story of a son who is dreaming about a career as a photographer, but is pushed by his father to pursue a banking career. Years later, the son—then in New York—finally picks up the camera. But will he ever reconcile with his father? Brinckmann’s other books include Showa Japan: The Post-War Golden Age and its Troubled Legacy (2014, with Ysbrand Rogge), The Magatama Doodle: One Man’s Affair with Japan, 1950-2004 (2004) and The Undying Day: Poems by Hans Brinckmann (2011). More on Brinckmann’s website www.habri.co.uk.