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Peace: 50 Years of Protest, 1958-2008 [Hardcover]

Barry Miles
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21 April 2008
It's probably the most commonly used symbol of protest in the world, instantly recognised as everywhere as the universal sign for Peace - and in 2008 it will be 50 years old. The book tells the story of the enduring power of what was originally designed as the offical sign for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in England. The symbol was first drawn on on home-made banners and badges in 1958, when CND was launched at a public meeting in London, but has since been apropriated by scores of different protest movements, from hippies in 1960s America - the first to use it to represent 'peace' - to feminists and anarchist punks. In 2008 just as it was 50 years earlier, the CND logo is re-created at anti-nuclear demonstrations the world over. This unique volume combines the written history of modern popular protest with a range of fantastic photographs of the diverse ways and places that the symbol has been used. Throughout are the orignal versions of the symbol drawn by rock stars, politicians, activists, scientists and writers, all paying tribute to the Peace Symbol on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The book will coincide with a planned exhibition of the original drawings to be staged throughout 2008. Proceeds of sales from both the book and the exhibition will go to a range of charities involved in promoting Peace, including CND.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anova (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843404575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843404576
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miles was the chairman of the Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (YCND) in the early sixties. He was the co-founder of Indica Books and Gallery in 1965 and International Times (IT), the first European underground newspaper in 1966. In 1968 Paul McCartney appointed him head of Zapple, the Beatles' spoken word label. He is the author of many books; Hippie (2003) was a New York Times bestseller. Miles has done a great number of television, radio and press interviews in the UK, the USA and Europe over the years. He lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace 22 May 2009
I went on the 2nd Aldermaston march with NATSOPA and had a great time. I joined CND for the 2nd time when cruise missiles came to Greenham Common and I have recently re-joined the CND for the 3rd time. This book is a thread of my life including a picture of Phil Ochs. A terrific book to have on your bookshelf for all us peaceniks. One day the world will wake up and say PEACE in a loud voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book. 10 Jan 2011
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It's hard to imagine that a history of the peace movement from the detonation of the atom bombs over Japan to recent days could have been better done. Even many members of NGO's such as CND, Amnesty, Greenpeace and Friends Of The Earth don't know the story of how we came to be where we are and it's a story well worth the telling.

The bonus is that the book is beautifully presented. I confess I was a little concerned that it's published by Reader's Digest, fearing it might be a little bland. But my concerns were unfounded. Barry Miles makes a fine job of the text and this large book has loads of photographs and artwork to help tell the tale.

The peace movement has surely been one of the most important public movements of the last fifty years. (And one I fear we may be in danger of losing as every large public demonstration now seems to draw people intent on violence, no matter what.) This fine book does the story justice.

May I wish you peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peace doesn't just happen - this book shows why 28 Dec 2010
One of the most iconic logos created during the last half of the 20th century is what we call "the peace symbol," something so generic and so disseminated that most people have no idea where it came from. Created as a key piece of organizational identity by Gerald Holtom in 1958 for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), both that humble logo and that movement have stood the test of time. The history of the early antinuclear movement, spawned during the deep chill of the Cold War, is meticulously and lovingly presented here.

Written by an insider (Miles was chairman of the Youth CND in the early 1960s) this book offers an excellent overview of the nuclear age and its critics, and then proceeds to show how the movement has grown over the years as geopolitical militarism has changed. He also shows how the logo has been adopted by peace groups, ordinary citizens, and the commercial corporate mainstream. Although much of the story is rooted in England (and rightly so), Miles also discusses how CND issues and tactics spread to the United States and other countries concerned with nuclear proliferation and imperialism. It is overall reasonably well researched and illustrated, no lightweight coffee table book. A minor error - Mary Ann Vecchio, the young woman kneeling over a slain student at Kent State after the National Guard shootings on May 4, 1970 was not herself a Kent State student; she was a high school runaway.

It's ironic to note that the Reader's Digest Association published this book, given that they have generally been seen as holding a right wing bias. George Seldes in his 1943 title Facts and Fascism devoted an entire chapter to the Reader's Digest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of The Peace Movement 2 May 2014
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As soon as you see the cover you know that this book will involve you in the story of the peace movement on an international scale.
The Nuclear disarmament symbol was created for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament(CND)and has now become recognised by the world as the peace symbol. I have not read this book as yet as I lost my sight a few weeks after buying it -but now I have regained my sight I look forward to reading about the fifty years of protest as CND is a campaign that takes me right back to my twenties. So anyone who sees that nuclear disarmament is necessary should read this book. Anyone who is in interested in the history of the peace movement should read this book and even people who think we're all "commie infiltrators" should read this book.It looks good and won't tax the brain too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential background reading 29 Dec 2012
Ouch! How I wish I'd read this book first, before I sat down and tried to write my own, rather measly ebook, in the same ball park, but nothing like as detailed and precise as this work. It's great. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to know how protest developed, continued, and still makes an impression in the UK. That said, the focus is only briefly worldwide, so don't expect a grand panorama; it's domestic, but the stories, the quotes, even the photos are really appropriate and wisely chosen. I'd say to anyone, if you want to know the facts, go for this book. My only caveat is the rich price you have to pay, but then, it's a hardback. (Can't afford it? Go to your local library and ask them to order a copy. Easy.)
If you're on a tight budget, try a book that's a bit cheaper, and includes free song words!
Protesting Songs - History and How To
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