If you are looking for a history book then I would recommed Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak which I purchased following a recommendation on this forum.
Now, I don't usually like history (I didn't even do it at GSCE level at school) and this is the first non-fiction history book I have read (aside from text books at school) but it's great! It's informative and interesting without being boring or hard to read. It mainly focussed on pre-WW2 events but there are chapters on modern day Amsterdam (including how prostitution and tolerance of Cannabis developed). I found it particularly interesting to learn how the city developed (the canals being built and filled in, Dam Square developing etc etc).
I think I am correct in saying that it was I who recommended the Mak book?
Glad you liked it, Aardvark - as you would no doubt agree, it's worth its weight in gold.