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Living Among the Swiss
by Michael Wells Glueck
Binding: Paperback, 4th edition, 178 pages
Publisher: IUniverse
Weight: 0.44 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.8 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0595241719
ISBN 13: 9780595241712
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This book describes the author's experiences during eight years of living and working among the Swiss. It examines several aspects of the Swiss banking system from the viewpoints of consumers, investors, and employees. It depicts cultural differences as well as the practical difficulties confronting the new immigrant as he seeks to put down roots. It seeks to edify the vicarious traveler as well as those seriously considering relocation here. Finally, it celebrates in some detail the beauty of this relatively simple and honest land, with especial emphasis on the cantons of Berner Oberland, Graub nden and Wallis, as well as the environs of Z rich. While the observations focus on the German Swiss, they are surprisingly applicable to the French and Italian speaking cantons as well. This book falls somewhere between a travel guide and a book of reflections and memoirs, and thus is an unashamedly open and frank reaction to a foreign way of life. Michael Wells Glueck's gaze falls on many aspects of Swiss existence, and it never loses its particular, unique focus. Living Among The Swiss will provide much information for the reader, who will learn from its pages a great deal about the world of Switzerland and beyond, and also be privileged to form a distinct picture of Mr. Glueck himself: a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow who taught English and Classics at Columbia and other U.S. universities for several years before entering the investment business in 1969. His biography is sketched in the 2001 and subsequent editions of Who's Who In America. Reviewer: Rita Kasper from Klosters, Switzerland A jewel of a memoir that captures the beauty and peacefulness of Switzerland as well as the glacial stolidity of many of its inhabitants. Discusses everything Swiss from age and sex discrimination to xenophobia. Combines a travel guide to the cantons of Zurich, the Bernese Alps, Central Switzerland, Wallis or Valais, and Graubunden or Grisons with emphasis on skiing, hiking, and fine dining with an analysis of questionable Swiss banking and investment practices, some of which would be illegal in the U.S. Provides a primer for those seeking actually or vicariously to adapt to Swiss society and culture. Written in a spirit of satire with wit, humor, and a tincture of scholarship by a highly educated American, whose factual impressions of a foreign way of life are far more entertaining than many recently introduced works of fiction. Reviewer: Dr. Vollrat von Deichmann from Wiesbaden. Germany I find the author extremely well educated, which as a German who taught forestry at Arizona State University in the U.S. I consider quite unusual for an American. He clearly has a strong background in Latin, and he taught me many new English words, for which I am grateful. I also found much new information about places in Switzerland that I thought I had known. Finally, the book is extremely informative, entertaining, witty and humorous.


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