Fifty Years of Protest 1958-2008

Images from   Peace

The amazing story of how a sign of protest became the world’s greatest symbol for peace.

It is probably the most commonly used symbol of protest in the world. Instantly recognizable in Europe, America, Asia, Australasia, and both Poles as the universal sign for Peace, in 2008 it turned fifty.

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. Tracing the roots of Gerald Holtom’s design from 1957, it details the many uses to which it has since been put. This is an up-to-date narrative of international people’s protest.


  • The first illustrated history of the international peace movement, featuring many unique images.
  • Includes contributions from a wide range of famous figures.
  • The book ties in well with all events organized to celebrate peace.


  1. Introduction.
  2. 1957-1960 Ban The Bomb—CND is formed.
  3. 1960-1975 Stop The War—The Hippies adopt the symbol.
  4. 1970-1980 Sign Of The Times—Other uses of the sign.
  5. 1965-2005 Wear It Well—Use in fashion, music, design.
  6. 1980–2006 Anti-Nuclear Families—How it is still in use.
  7. Happy Birthday Peace—Original birthday cards from numerous well-known contributors.

Author biography

Barry Miles is the author of the New York Times best-selling Hippie and a former 1960s radical. He has written many books, among them bestselling biographies of Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Frank Zappa. He was present at various anti-war marches in London and New York in the 1960s and 1970s, and sat in on the Beatles’ live broadcast of ‘All You Need Is Love’ in 1967.

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Barry Miles
Reader's Digest
254mm × 225mm
Full colour
288 pages
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