Books About Flags

There are many books about flags available. Here are a few that I have used myself and feel able to recommend. This section is presented in association with and and buttons are provided to take you to the appropriate pages on their site, but the ISBN number will also allow you to order them through your local bookseller.

British Flags & Emblems

by Graham Bartram

Hardcover, 128 pages, 1st Edition (March 2004)
Tuckwell Press & The Flag Institute, ISBN 186232297X

 Flag Institute Price: UK £15.00 / Worldwide $30.00

OK, I admit it - I wrote this book, but if you want a comprehensive work on the flags and emblems of the United Kingdom and its dependencies then this is the book for you!

The World Encyclopedia of Flags
The Definitive Guide to International Flags, Banners, Standards and Ensigns

by Alfred Znamierowski

Hardcover, 256 pages (March 2006)
Ultimate Editions, ISBN 1843090422

 Amazon Price: from $1.80 (plus P&P)

If you are interested in finding out about flags then this is probably the best book you can buy today. It covers the history of flags, the different sorts of flags, and their meanings. The second part of the book covers the flags of each country in the world. The book has over 1,400 colour illustrations.

Flags Through the Ages
A Guide to the World of Flags, Banners, Standards and Ensigns

by Alfred Znamierowski

Hardcover, 128 pages, 1st Edition (September 2000)
Lorenz Books, ISBN 184215267X

 Amazon Price: $14.36 ($3.59 saving)

Alfred Znamierowski has split his larger work (see above) into two volumes. The first covers the history of flags, and the various sorts of flags, such as military flags, heads of state standards, etc.

Flags of the World
An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary Flags

by Alfred Znamierowski

Hardcover, 128 pages, 1st Edition (October 2000)
Lorenz Books, ISBN 1842153374

 Amazon Price: $14.36 ($3.59 saving)

The second of Alfred Znamierowski's new volumes covers the national flags of all the world's countries, and the sub-national flags of many of them.

Identifying Flags
The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier

by Eve Devereaux

Hardcover, 80 pages (1998)
Book Sales, ISBN 0785800492

 Amazon Price: $7.99

This is a guide to the current national flags of the world. Each entry has a good illustration of the flag, its history, and basic country statistics such as capital city, population, etc. The book includes maps to show where each country is.
This book is good value and is a good introduction to flags for both children and adults.

Eyewitness Handbooks: Flags

Paperback, 240 pages, 1st American edition (June 1999)
Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 0789442248

 Amazon Price: $16.11 ($2.84 saving)

This book has information and good illustrations of over 300 flags, including all the US states and Canadian provinces. It includes explanations of the history and symbolism of each flag, such as why there is an eagle and serpent on Mexico's flags.

Ultimate Pocket Flags of the World

by Deni Bown

Hardcover, 240 pages (November 1997)
Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 0789420856

 Amazon Price: $9.07 (save $3.88)

This is a marvellous little book, containing the national flags of each country, often the state arms, and the provincial flags of selected countries.
Great value for anyone interested in flags.

Flags at Sea

by Timothy Wilson

Paperback, 140 pages (January 2000)
United States Naval Inst., ISBN 155750296X

 Amazon Price: $21.21 (save $3.74)

This is a revised edition of a popular history, first published in 1986, of the flags flown at sea during the Age of Sail. Beautifully illustrated with more than one hundred thirty photographs, seventy-four in colour, it features the flags flown by the principal naval powers: Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. The clear narrative unravels myths and misunderstandings about where, when, and why certain flags, like the piratical "Jolly Roger", were flown. It also tackles such complicated issues as signaling in peace and war. Contemporary flag charts and specially commissioned drawings provide the degree of detail necessary for modelmakers, artists, and historians. The remarkable amount of information presented on the all-important functions of identification and signaling at sea makes an important contribution to the literature.
In the United Kingdom this book is published by the Stationery Office.

The Flags of the Confederacy
An Illustrated History

by Devereaux Cannon Jr

Paperback, 128 pages (October 1994)
Pelican Pub Co, ISBN 156554109X

 Amazon Price: $11.96 (save $2.99)

"The last word on the flags of the lost cause."
The Wall Street Journal
A comprehensive discussion of the flags that represented the southern nation between 1861 and 1865, The Flags of the Confederacy offers a detailed and well-researched look at the history of the national, state, and military flags that were developed during the period in which the new Southern nation existed. This volume is a thorough examination of these flags and the stories that went along with them, and providing a useful, organized, and interesting view for all Civil War students and history enthusiasts.

The Flags of the Union
An Illustrated History

by Devereaux Cannon Jr, Larry Pardue (Illustrator)

Paperback, 96 pages (May 1994)
Pelican Pub Co, ISBN 0882899538

 Amazon Price: $12.71 (save $2.24)

For Civil War historians or flag enthusiasts, this book is a helpful guide to the history and development of flags in the United States, leading up to and during the Civil War. A companion work to The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History, this book features banners from the different armed forces and their divisions from fleets to cavalry units to infantry corps.
Cannon begins by tracing the evolution of the standard "Stars and Stripes" and its growth over the first eight decades of independence. Following are descriptions of the various flags used uniformly throughout the United States. Then, going division by division, he presents the designs and historical background for each regiment's, fleet's, or unit's personal insignia.
This book also shows the variety of uses for flags among the Union armies as well as specific messages for each flag. Camp markers, medical service colors, guide and signal flags, and many other auxiliary flags are shown. This is an enlightening book with a thorough examination of the flags that symbolize and tell the history of the Union and its armies during a tragic time in our nation's history.