Why do countries pick the colors and designs they do to represent themselves on their flags? What do the symbols on flags and coats-of-arms mean? Organized by continent and indexed by country name, this updated edition details the origin, adoption date, and symbols of each flag in a concise, appealing style. Accurate illustrations tell as much about the flags as the information-rich text. Includes a brief history of flags and heraldry. Published in 2008. Paperback, 240 pages.