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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426202946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426202940
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Peace: The Biography of a Symbol 14 April 2008
By M. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A readable history of the peace sign, well-illustrated. Baby Boomers will enjoy this look at the origin and uses of that thing they used to draw on their notebook covers during health class.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
GREAT BOOK 15 April 2008
By DEP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book that shows the history of the peace symbol. Nice photos and is well written. I bought a few copies to hand out to teachers for their classtrooms. A good history lesson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The symbol that defined the anti-war movement of the 1960's 30 Sept. 2013
By Joe Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peace-The Biography of a symbol written by Ken Kolsbun and Michael S. Sweeny is a pictoral history of the internationally recognized symbol that defined the anti-war movement in the United States during the Vietnam War. Published by National Geographic the book thru pictures and stories shows how the peace symbol was used effectively by a young generation who were protesting the draft of young men into military service to be sent to Vietnam to fight the North Vietnamese Army and the Vietcong. During the same timeframe of the 1960's and afterwards, the symbol was used for the anti-nuclear war movement around the world. From London to New York protest signs were made with the peace symbol at the forefront of the movements. The peace symbol was everywhere from the mid-1960's to the mid-1970's and was a very controversial symbol of free thinking versus conservative thinking that split a society in two. The symbol transformed into a thinking of anti-war, open-mindness on social issues, religous thinking as well.
This book is a fascinating story thru pictures and history of this symbol that really defined a young generation who grew up in the 1960's. The symbol is still recognized today but for more nostalgic reasons than protests and free thinking. That is ashame, we have had a definite need of the symbol in the last 20 years, hopefully it won't have to be a symbol of protest against the government but as a reason to embrace love and not war. A fascinating book that will drive conservatives mad but will give the rest a reason of hope and a smile.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
so groovy! 27 Jan. 2009
By R. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a Christmas gift for my niece... I'd noticed her wearing various items with the peace symbol so I ordered this book. She is crazy about it... it is filled with tons of fantastic photos and informative history about this symbol. Groovy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating part of history 24 Sept. 2009
By Casca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To a 60s student radical this book is a trip down memory lane. I never wondered before about the origins of the peace symbol, but now I know, and it is a fascinating story. This book has many fine pictures of a medley of colorful peace signs displayed in a variety of places. Nostalgia for those who were there, important history for those who were not. The Kent State massacre is mentioned, including the heartrending Pulitzer Prize photo of the distraught girl beside a dead student face down on the ground. However, in a (deliberate?) oversight no mention is made that heavily armed National Guardsmen killed the four students and wounded nine others.
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