Da dove vengono questi simboli nazionali, a cui siamo così attaccati?
Per migliaia d’anni le bandiere hanno rappresentato i nostri sogni e le nostre speranze. Le abbiamo sventolate, abbiamo marciato sotto i loro colori, talvolta le abbiamo bruciate, e ancora oggi c’è chi è pronto a morire per loro. Questo libro illuminante ci svela aneddoti e segreti di straordinari simboli capaci tanto di unirci quanto di dividerci: scopriamo così che se una bandiera statunitense è troppo logora, esistono regole e rituali ben codificati per organizzarle un vero e proprio funerale; che il numero di stelle sullo sfondo blu dell’Unione europea è frutto del caso (e forse anche di un pizzico di italiana scaramanzia); che il Mahatma Gandhi in persona ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nell’evoluzione della bandiera indiana, mentre quella nigeriana nasce dal disegno di uno studente poco più che ventenne che ha risposto all’annuncio di un concorso. Unendo storia antica e attualità, Tim Marshall spiega in che modo un semplice pezzo di stoffa legato a un’asta possa arrivare a significare così tanto, e perché abbiamo bisogno di conoscere i vessilli, vecchi e nuovi, per comprendere meglio cosa sta accadendo oggi nel mondo.
- ISBN: 8811676347
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 320
My first impressions of this book were highly positive. Instantly, I imagined giving this book a rating of five stars. What drew me in the beginning was the chapter names; I really liked the way that the book was structured. The first few chapters were stimulating, concise, and highly educational; I Leggi tutto
This is exactly the sort of nonfiction I love. Smart, educational without being pedantic, exceptionally well written, humorous and informative. Marshall is no stranger to politics and this book definitely showcases his erudite knowledge, this is geopolitics mixed in with historical data and even ant Leggi tutto
This is what it says on the cover: a book about flags. And a very good one at that. For someone with an insatiable curiosity like me, books such as this one are pure gems: they give me very useful information packaged in a highly appealing way. Marshall is a very good writer, and he can be incredibl Leggi tutto
This book reads as though it was written in the middle of the night by a smug and overconfident high school student on a deadline, simultaneously cherry-picking factoids from Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook while augmenting the final word count with insipid opinions and weak humor. I give it on Leggi tutto
Tim Marshall's bias is evident throughout this whole book that barely talks about flags, spending most of its time presenting the author's old man fallacious rants. The book is full of inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and opinions presented as facts. I do not recommend this book to anyone, ever.
Below average read. A disappointing offering from the author, prisoners of geography was a hugely captivating read, yet Tim Marshal's latest left me feeling underwhelmed. There were some genuinely interesting parts to the book, but there was also a great deal of unnecessary wish wash with generous h Leggi tutto
The book discusses an interesting topic and you learn a fair bit about the history and meaning of flags of countries, organisations, and institutions. I picked up this book having heard raving reviews about Prisoners of Geography, which I am yet to read. However, what irked me were areas where Tim d Leggi tutto
Entertaining book, a little bit too much centered around the US and Europe but informative nonetheless. If you want a brief historical background about mot countries and why they chose the flags they did this is the book for you. Very brief mention about South American countries, African and Asian c Leggi tutto
The only positive for this book is if one literally judges it by the cover. The dust jacket is a brilliant piece of aesthetic. Now put the book down and walk away. The only enjoyment a reader can possibly get has been had. What can be learned about flags from the point of opening the cover is a simpl Leggi tutto
This was a terrific book! The author takes the reader on a world and history tour to describe the flags of the world. Marshall goes further than current nation states and discusses the flags of non-state actors such as the Red Cross, Hezbollah, the United Nations and NATO. Each color and design on e Leggi tutto
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