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La Place de la Concorde Suisse

McPhee, John

Published by U.S.A.: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984
ISBN 10: 0374182418 / ISBN 13: 9780374182410
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Title: La Place de la Concorde Suisse

Publisher: U.S.A.: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition..

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1ST PRINTING,8915 Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 2D-21A

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Synopsis: La Place de la Concorde Suisse is John McPhee's rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society. The Swiss Army is so quietly efficient at the art of war that the Isrealis carefully patterned their own military on the Swiss model.

Review: Anyone who has ever traveled in Switzerland cannot help but to have remarked upon the overwhelming tranquility of the country. But this tranquility is illusory. As John McPhee writes in La Place de la Concorde Suisse, a rich journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society, "there is scarcely a scene in Switzerland that is not ready to erupt in fire to repel an invasive war." With a population smaller than New Jersey's, Switzerland has a standing army of 650,000 ready to be mobilized in less than 48 hours. The Swiss Army, known in this country chiefly for its little red pocketknives, is so quietly efficient at the arts of war that the Israelis carefully patterned their own military on the Swiss model. You'll understand why after reading this outstanding book.

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