Living among the Swiss

Living among the Swiss

by Michael Wells Glueck
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Living among the Swiss by Michael Wells Glueck

About the Author

Michael Wells Glueck is 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. Mr. Glueck has been a vice president in the investment division of Crocker Bank and Bank of America, and a senior analyst for two Swiss banks. He currently resides in Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754104896
Publisher: Minerva Press
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.58(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.49(d)

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Living Among the Swiss 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you considering a job offer in Switzerland? This work provides fair warning about the obstacles that you and your spouse will face as an immigrant: a chauvinistic, closed society of incomprehensible, dialect-speaking burghers obsessed with money and reluctant to trust foreigners even after years of acquaintanceship high rents and prices for inferior food -- especially beef and chicken -- clothing, and automobiles undisguised resentment that you are denying a job opportunity to a Swiss citizen discrimination in career advancement and promotion. Most expatriates leave after a year in order to preserve their marriages. Take these caveats to heart before succumbing to the temptations of Alpine skiing and clean, fresh-water swimming. And read this book before deciding whether to accept the job offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work touches a sensitive nerve for Swiss readers like myself, because it captures the natives' xenophobia, chauvinism, insularity, fear of assimilation by their German neighbors to the north, and general feelings of inferiority and prejudice. The Swiss are not known for great works of art or music or for educational accomplishments outside the fields of medicine and biochemistry/pharmacology or for feminism or even sensitivity to women, and so a book by an American author that pokes fun at these deficiencies serves only to aggravate its subjects' phobias. The surprising popularity of this work in Switzerland should be taken as testimony to this volume's trenchant effectiveness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author is highly educated and remarkably articulate, which as a German who taught forestry at Arizona State University I find quite unusual for an American. He clearly has a strong background in Latin. I learned many new English words, and I also found a great deal of new information about places in Switzerland that I thought I had known. Finally, I found the book extremely witty and humorous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gem 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 could be construed as 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author is remarkably articulate, which as a German I find quite unusual for an American. He clearly has a strong background in Latin. I learned many new English words, and I also found new information about places in Switzerland which I thought I had known. Finally, I found the book extremely witty and humorous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gem 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 could be construed as 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A jewel of a memoir that captures the beauty and peacefulness of Switzerland as well as the glacial stolidity of its inhabitants. Provides a travel guide to the cantons of Zurich, the Bernese Alps, Central Switzerland, Graubunden or Grisons, and Wallis or Valais, with emphasis on skiing, hiking, and fine dining. Discusses everything Swiss from age and sex discrimination to xenophobia. Analyzes questionable Swiss banking and investment practices, including some which would be illegal in the U.S. Documents the educational deficiencies and cultural prejudices of Swiss business professionals. Provides a primer for those seeking actually or vicariously to adjust to Swiss society. Written by a highly educated American in a spirit of satire with wit, humor, and a tincture of scholarship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A jewel of a memoir that captures the beauty and peacefulness of Switzerland as well as the glacial stolidity of its inhabitants. Provides a travel guide to the cantons of Zurich, Central Switzerland, the Bernese Alps, Wallis or Valais, and Graubunden or Grisons. Describes questionable Swiss banking and investment practices, some of which would be illegal in the U.S. Documents the educational deficiencies and chauvinistic prejudices of Swiss business professionals. Discusses everything Swiss from age and sex discrimination to xenophobia. Written in a spirit of satire with wit, humor, and a tincture of scholarship by a highly educated American. Offers a primer for those seeking actually or vicariously to adapt to Swiss culture and society.