THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE: BEHIND THE MYTH OF THE SCANDINAVIAN UTOPI A.

THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE: BEHIND THE MYTH OF THE SCANDINAVIAN UTOPI A.

By: Booth, Michael

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A witty, informative, and popular travelogue about the Scandinavian countri es and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assume, "The Almost Nearly Perfect People offers up the ideal mixture of intriguing and reveal ing facts" (Laura Miller, Salon). Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than te n years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

Title: THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE: BEHIND THE MYTH OF THE SCANDINAVIAN UTOPI A.

Author Name: Booth, Michael

Categories: Travel Writing,

Publisher: Picador: 2016

ISBN Number: 1250081564

ISBN Number 13: 9781250081568

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000047335