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For the first time, this incisive and revealing exploration of the meaning, mysteries, and misunderstanding of the most powerful symbol in the history of mankind is available in paperback."The Swastika" explores the symbol's pre-Nazi religious and commercial uses in all of its varied permutations, the Nazi appropriation and misuses of the form, and its contemporary applications as both a racist and an apolitical icon. Tracing the symbol back to its beginnings in antiquity, this volume then goes on to explore the myths and cults of swastika lore and its evolving use as a commercial trademark and logo, and then speculates on the future of the symbol in two final, thought-provoking chapters - "The Swastika Revisited: Today and Tomorrow" and "Hitler's Children: Rock and Roll."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781581155075
ISBN-10: 1581155077
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Stephen Heller

Steven Heller is the senior art director for the New York Times, an AIGA Journal of Graphic Design editor, and author of more than seventy books.

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