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Peace: 50 Years of Protest


Publisher:Readers Digest



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"An explanation of how the peace symbol-that upside-down V with a vertical column running through the middle, all surrounded by a circle-came to be."
-The Washington Post

The peace sign is probably the most commonly used symbol of protest in the world. Instantly recognizable as the universal sign for peace, in 2008 it turned 50 years old. With accounts from around the world, this book tells the story of the enduring power of the line drawing that began life as the official sign for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Tracing the roots of Gerald Holtom's design, it details the many ways the peace sign has been put to use, including politics, fashion, pop, film and marketing.
Contents include:

  • 1957-1960 Ban The Bomb - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is formed
  • 1960-1975 Stop The War - In the U.S. the Hippies adopt the symbol
  • 1970-1980 Sign Of The Times - Other uses of the sign
  • 1965-2005 Wear It Well - Use in fashion, music, design
  • 1980-Present Anti-Nuclear Families - How it's still in use
  • Happy Birthday Peace - Original birthday cards from numerous famous contributors

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