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Why Switzerland? by Jonathan Steinberg is a light and insightful look at Switzerland's social and political life. George Mikes Introduces Switzerland is a more sober collection of essays covering all aspects of Swiss life.Blood Money: the Swiss, the Nazis and the Looted Billions by Tom Bower is a sobering exposé of one of the sleazier sides of Switzerland's banks.Max Frisch explores Swiss identity through denial in his novel I'm Not Stiller, and examines the idea of detached neutrality in Homo Faber.The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann is a weighty, reflective novel set in the Alps. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in Switzerland and set much of the action around Lake Geneva. Heidi, the famous children's story by Johanna Spyri, is set in the Maienfeld region, just north of Chur.Anecdotal travel books about Europe that have sizeable sections on Switzerland include Mark Twain's A Tramp Abroad and Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There.

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