On the train back to Rotterdam, I leafed through a book I had been handed at the Mayor of Amsterdam’s reception celebrating the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, called 1609, The forgotten history of Hudson, Amsterdam and New York by Geert Mak and Russell Shorto. Why this book in particular, I wondered? I flipped the book from the front to the back side only to discover that one side of the book is in Dutch and the other side is...