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Monday, April 30, 2018

SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir @davidwienir @amsterdambook

Amsterdam Exposed:
An American’s Journey into the Red Light District
By David Wienir

Spotlighting this cultural book about Amsterdam!
Look for an excerpt below.
Continue below for information and then head to my Instagram page to win a SIGNED copy!

Prostitution, Cannabis, and an Innocent Exchange Student Abroad:

“A provocative, enlightening, humorous, and impressively executed guide to
Amsterdam’s twilight world.” – Kirkus Reviews

 Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about the red light district – and everything that follows. 

It’s an American abroad story, and also a love story; it’s an uplifting tragedy, full of humor from beginning to end; it’s an Amsterdam survival guide; a sympathetic look at a societal problem; a little piece of policy; a sweet farewell to a world just about gone; and, ultimately, as close as you can come to a free trip to Amsterdam without leaving your couch. 

In sum, Amsterdam Exposed takes readers deep into the district on a journey never before possible, forever reshaping their understanding of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there. 

If you’ve ever spent time in Amsterdam, or dreamed of doing so, this book’s for you.


About David Wienir: David Wienir is a business affairs executive at United Talent Agency and entertainment law instructor at UCLA Extension. Before UTA, he practiced law at two of the top entertainment law firms where he represented clients such as Steven Spielberg and Madonna. His previous books include Last Time: Labour’s Lessons from the Sixties (co-authored with a Member of Parliament at the age of 23), The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley (afterword by Dennis Prager), and Making It on Broadway: Actors’ Tales of Climbing to the Top (foreword by Jason Alexander).

Educated at Columbia, Oxford, The London School of Economics, Berkeley Law, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, David is married to Dr. Dina (to whom the book is dedicated), a pioneer of the cannabis movement who has been named “Queen of Medical Marijuana in LA” by Rolling Stone Magazine and is the inspiration for the Nancy Botwin character in the show Weeds.

Keep up with all things Amsterdam Exposed at, and connect with David on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram @RedLightDistrictBook, and Twitter @AmsterdamBook.

Amsterdam Exposed: An American’s Journey into the Red Light District will be released May 1, 2018 with De Wallen Press, and available at that time in paperback and e-book formats wherever books are sold.


“Amsterdam is in my heart,” she said as she clutched the purple nylon shirt that clung tightly to her chest. “Amsterdam, it is life.”
Inga had only lived in Holland for two months and had already been bewitched by the infamous Dutch town. As we walked down Haarlemmerstraat in the direction of the central station, I had not much to add to the conversation. Not yet. I had only been in Amsterdam for a few hours. The city had yet to make its impression.

That said, this wasn’t my first time in town, though it had been a while. Like so many Americans, I had backpacked through Amsterdam while an undergrad during a year abroad. I visited the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and a live sex show, all must-see attractions.

Back then my trip was an innocent one. At the time, I had never even tried weed. I grew up on a cul-de-sac in the San Fernando Valley, went to an all-boys high school, and had very little contact with anything having to do with drugs. It was not a part of my upbringing, or something I was interested in. I even remember reprimanding one of my friends for smoking weed before going into the Van Gogh Museum. As for sex, well, I grew up in the height of the AIDS epidemic. We were taught to associate sex with death. It was terrifying, and I got off to a late start. When walking through the red light district during that first trip, I walked fast. I tried to not make eye contact with anyone, and wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. I never imagined living in Amsterdam, or even returning. Six years after my first visit, the forces of my life were taking me back.

I was entering my third year of law school at Berkeley and about to begin a career in international law. The school agreed to give me a full semester of credit to study in Amsterdam. Many thought I was crazy for leaving Berkeley for even a semester. This was not the normal path. As Holland is an important center of international law, I tried but couldn’t think of a good reason not to go...

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