The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
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Author(s): Michael Booth
Original Publish Date: Jan 27, 2015
Product Number: EB00528248
Released: Jan 27, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781250061973
Publisher: Picador
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NAMED THE #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, AND POPULAR TRAVELOGUE ABOUT THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES AND HOW THEY MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY OR AS PERFECT AS WE ASSUME Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten 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.

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Author(s): Michael Booth
Narrator(s): Ralph Lister
Product Number DD17786
Released: Apr 22, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494511968
eAudio
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Author(s): Michael Booth
Narrator(s): Ralph Lister
Product Number Z100091331
Released: Apr 22, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494591960