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Some books which deal with the non-tourist aspects of Switzerland and Europe


Switzerland Unwrapped -- Exposing the Myths

by Mitya New (Editor)

Hardcover, 224 pages, Published by Harvill Press, Publication date: August1, 1997, ISBN: 1860643000

Mitya New, a Reuters correspondent in Switzerland for five years, goes beneath the surface of "neutrality, banks and gnomes, mountains, chocolate and cuckoo clocks" to consider aspects of Swiss life generally unknown to outsiders. The author interviews such varied figures as "Mr. Swatch" (Nicholas Hayek), and Rakra Tethong a Tibetan refugee leader, who discuss everything from WWII anti-Semitism to modern drug addiction, tuberculosis, and banking practices, with a frankness that belies the Swiss reputation for reticence about social ills. The variety of respondents assures a varied perspective in this welcome exploration of a surprisingly complex country.

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We Europeans

by Richard Hill

Paperback, 432 pages, Published by Europublications, Brussels, 1997 edition, ISBN 90-74440-11-8

Richard Hill's first book, We Europeans, is now in its seventh and fully updated 1997 edition. Since its original appearance in 1992, more than 50,000 copies have been sold. In addition to winning a truly international readership, the book has now been used as course material at over 60 universities, fifteen of them in the United States.

WeEuropeans provides a penetrating and entertaining analysis of the cultures of each of the countries of Western Europe. The author starts by examining the stereotypes, redressing some of the bigger cultural and historical misconceptions, then puts each of the countries in turn under the microscope. Hill concludes with a series of chapters devoted to comparative examinations of value systems, lifestyles and customs.

The book includes an extensive bibliography and an index to help readers cross-refer between the chapters.


...on a lighter note...

Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss, by Paul Bilton

Ravette Publishing, First printed 1995, reprinted 1996, updated 1997. Available at local book stores carrying English titles.

Xenophobe Guides are an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia (an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable). The author of the Swiss Guide is Paul Bilton, a Swiss by marriage, who also wrote The Perpetual Tourist.

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