Swiss Watching

Inside the Land of Milk & Money

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New updated edition, new statistics and Epilogue One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people (but only 80% of them Swiss): there´s nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be almost 400 km from the nearest drop of seawater, but it is an island at the centre of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island.

Swiss Watching is a fascinating journey around Europe´s most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Diccon Bewes proves that there´s more to Switzerland than banks and skis, francs and cheese. This book dispels the myths and unravels the true meaning of Swissness.

In a land of cultural contradictions, this is a picture of the real and normally unseen Switzerland, a place where the breathtaking scenery shaped a nation not just a tour itinerary, and where tradition is as important as innovation. It´s also the story of its people, who have more power than their politicians, but can´t speak to one another in the same language and who own more guns per head than the people of Iraq. As for those national clichés, well, not all the cheese has holes, cuckoo clocks aren´t Swiss and the trains don´t always run exactly on time.

Rezension
Everything you wanted to know about Switzerland, and then some. Not just a travel book, Swiss Watching is a no-stone-unturned exploration of what makes (and has made) this enigmatic country tick. Peter Kerr, author of the Snowball Orange series
Portrait
Diccon Bewes, Jg. 1967, wuchs an der Südküste Englands auf. Nach seinem Studium arbeitete er als Marketingmanager. Heute lebt er als freier Schriftsteller in Bern.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 336
Erscheinungsdatum 22.03.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-85788-587-3
Verlag N. Brealey Publishing
Maße (L/B/H) 22,2/13,6/3,5 cm
Gewicht 361 g
Auflage 2nd revised edition
Verkaufsrang 70
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Very funny but extremely comprehensive!
von Ruslan Cusnir aus Forel am 19.06.2012

I love this book and I offered it as a present already two times! Very funny, sometimes arrogant, but still very comprehensive concerning life in Switzerland. Strongly recommend!

Things you never knew about Switzerland
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 04.09.2010
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

I have lived in Switzerland for nearly 6 years and have read many books on Switzerland and the Swiss. None of the books I have read are as thorough and enjoyable as this one. Diccon Bewes has made this a very funny, informative and interesting book to read. I... I have lived in Switzerland for nearly 6 years and have read many books on Switzerland and the Swiss. None of the books I have read are as thorough and enjoyable as this one. Diccon Bewes has made this a very funny, informative and interesting book to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever spent time in Switzerland or wants to do so. One of the chapters I liked best was the one "made in Switzerland". I could now show off to my swiss friends in knowing some things about their country that even they didn't know. :-) I recognise many of Diccon's experiences as my own when I first moved here. Thoroughly enjoybale!

Switzerland as you may not have seen it before
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Brussels am 23.06.2010
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

As someone who has lived in Switzerland quite recently I would recommend ‘Swisswatching’ highly to anyone moving there or simply visiting the country. Bewes’ book gets under the skin of the experience of being a foreigner in Switzerland and does it with a great sense of fun. It also... As someone who has lived in Switzerland quite recently I would recommend ‘Swisswatching’ highly to anyone moving there or simply visiting the country. Bewes’ book gets under the skin of the experience of being a foreigner in Switzerland and does it with a great sense of fun. It also gives an excellent and informed view of the Swiss as a nation and proves beyond doubt that, despite having four cultural and language groups within its borders, there is such a thing as Swissness. Most importantly, the book takes a superb look at the regions of Switzerland, some of which may be well known but most of which will be new to all but the most experienced traveller. It looks at the products we all recognise as Swiss and the figures we may currently be unaware of and tells the story of a country through their histories. Above all this is a thoroughly enjoyable, amusing and entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in travel.


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