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Bewes, D: Swiss Watching

Inside the Land of Milk & Money

Diccon Bewes

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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.

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


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 360 g
Auflage 2nd, rev. ed.
Verkaufsrang 1015


1 Bewertungen

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!

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