La Place de la Concorde Suisse by John McPhee [FIRST EDITION • FIRST PRINTING] 1983 • Farrar Straus & Giroux

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La Place de la Concorde Suisse by John McPhee


Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition.

Light wear to dust jacket; now housed in a new archival quality brodart jacket protector.

Book itself is near mint.  Looks and reads like new. 

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.