Switzerland is often too perfect to be true, as Clare O’Dea observes in this entertaining book on how the country ticks.
Ralph Atkins, Financial Times. See full review here.
O’Dea places her faith in the reader’s ability to deal with complexity, and utilises the ten chosen stereotypes as a springboard for a multifaceted and thoughtful discussion.
-Fergal Lenehan, Dublin Review of Books. See full review here.
Fast-moving and entertaining, The Naked Swiss presents a wealth of new material on the well-worn clichés about Switzerland and lays many (Swiss) myths to rest.
-Margaret Oertig, author of Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture
A must-read for any English-speaker who lives in or visits Switzerland.
Ellen Wallace, Ellen World News / Geneva Lunch. See full review here.
The experienced journalist takes on the prejudices about the ‘sinister’ country, that cloud her foreign friends’ view of Switzerland: The Swiss are rich lazy or – as in the previous excerpt – xenophobic. And she does it based on facts, so balanced and fairly, that she would incidentally deserve honorary citizenship.
Markus Schär, Die Weltwoche current affairs magazine
Impressive. I thought I knew a little about Switzerland. Now I know how little I knew.
-Wolfgang Koydl, bestselling author of Die Besserkönner: Was die Schweiz so besonders macht
Particularly compelling are O’Dea’s interviews with prominent figures, like former president Pascal Couchepin and competitive runner Marijka Moser. They give life and language to the statistics and show that there is more to a person than their stereotype.
-Jennifer Lisle, newinzurich.com See full review here.
The book piqued my interest from the start and it was so interesting that I read it all in one sitting. Clare O’Dea’s writing is informative without being too dry, and her clear, well-structured style means that this is a fascinating read, occasionally funny, but never boring. It is an excellent social and historical portrayal of the Swiss nation.
-Judith Griffith, nudge-book.com. See full five-star review here.
O’Dea, an Irish journalist, has lived in Switzerland for more than a decade, and a career working for the public broadcaster has allowed her the chance to meet and talk to figures from all walks of life. These encounters (and a great deal of research) inform her book: a lively cultural and political examination of Switzerland’s greatest achievements and its greatest weaknesses.
-Niall McArdle, 2paragraphs.com, see full review here.