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The Swiss Without Halos J. Christopher Herold

The Swiss Without Halos

J. Christopher Herold

Published 1948
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Hardcover
271 pages
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I picked this up in a second-hand book shop because I have family in Switzerland and have visited the country several times. It turned out to be an interesting look at Swiss history, kept very readable by the authors dry wit.Orson Welles was wrong- the Swiss didnt have 500 years of democracy and peace and they achieved a great deal more than the cuckoo clock. Characters like Calvin and Voltaire pop up, but mostly this is the story of ordinary people who created one of the worlds richest economies despite an unforgiving landscape and threatening neighbors.There are just occasional reminders that this book was published in 1948: references to the recent war and a nod to the fact that Swiss women didnt yet have the vote (which they got shocking late in 1971).