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By Tim Marshall

ISBN-10: 1501168339

ISBN-13: 9781501168338

ISBN-10: 1501168347

ISBN-13: 9781501168345

Combining prepared research of present occasions with international historical past, Tim Marshall, writer of the New York occasions bestseller Prisoners of Geography, presents “an exciting whistle-stop journey of worldwide flags” (Library Journal)—how their strength is used to unite and divide populations and intimidate enemies.

For hundreds of thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and goals. We wave them. Burn them. March below their colours. And nonetheless, within the twenty-first century, we die for them. Flags fly on the UN, on Arab streets, from entrance porches in Texas. They signify the politics of excessive strength in addition to the politics of the mob. From the renewed experience of nationalism in China, to distressed identities in Europe and america, to the terrifying upward push of Islamic kingdom, the area is a complicated position instantaneously and it’s vital to appreciate the symbols, outdated and new, that folks are rallying around.

In 9 chapters (covering the united states, united kingdom, Europe, heart East, Asia, Africa, Latin the United States, overseas flags, and flags of terror), Tim Marshall’s A Flag worthy demise For is a “brisk, enjoyable read…that effectively solutions a complicated query: how can an easy piece of material come to intend a lot? Marshall provides an informative survey of those hugely obvious symbols of nationwide or foreign satisfaction” (Publishers Weekly), representing state states and non-state actors (including ISIS, Hezbollah, and Hamas), and explains how they determine in diplomatic kin and occasions today.

Drawing on greater than twenty-five years of worldwide reporting event to bare the genuine which means in the back of the symbols that unite us—and divide us—Marshall “writes with the cool drollery that characterised the paintings of Christopher Hitchens of Simon Winchester” (USA TODAY). The “illuminating” (The ny Times) A Flag worthy demise For is a successful mix of present affairs, politics, and international background and “a treasure vault for vexillologists, jam-packed with that means past the hue and thread of the world’s banners” (Kirkus Reviews).

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