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The Colours of History: Tim Marshall on Flags and their Hidden Significance

'There’s always a story behind a colour, even if sometimes its veracity is lost in the mists of time.' Undoubtedly one of Waterstones' standout non-fiction titles of 2016, Tim Marshall's Prisoners of Geography quickly established itself as one of our most enduringly popular Non-Fiction Book of the Month choices, turning a legion of readers from a techno-centric view of history to a topographical one and redefining contemporary geopolitical thinking through an engaging survey of ten maps of the world. Now, in his latest book, Worth Dying For, he turns his attention to history's most tangible and politically divisive totem: the flag. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he considers the significance behind the symbol.

Through The Prism of Geography

Over twenty-four years at Sky News, author and journalist Tim Marshall reported from many of the world’s primary flashpoints (including a distinguished stint covering the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s) and as their Middle East Correspondent charted Gaza’s disengagement in 2005 and the uprisings across the Arab World. His blog Foreign Matters was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2005.  Nicholas Lezard in the Evening Standard called Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography ‘one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine,’ and after a winning stint as a Waterstones Book of the Month was shortlisted as a Waterstones Book of the Year for 2016. In this Waterstones exclusive, the author considered exactly where his cartographic obsession began.

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