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Peace: The Biography of a Symbol

Peace: The Biography of a Symbol - $25

Send your check or money order to Ken Kolsbun, PO Box 493, Forestville, CA 95436. Sorry for the inconvenience as we no longer are accepting credit cards.

Please indicate with your order if you wish to have Ken autograph your book(s). Each book also comes with a commemorative peace button.

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We only ship within the Continental United States.

U.S.A. Continental U.S. (Priority Mail)
(allow 3-5 days for delivery)

$25 (one book) - $7.50
$50 (two books) - $10.50
$75 (three books) - $12.50
$100 (four books) - $14.00

U.S.A. Continental U.S. (Book Rate)
(allow 8 – 12 days for delivery)

$25 (one book) - $3.00
$50 (two books) - $3.50
$75 (three books) - $4.00
$100 (four books) - $4.50

California Residents (only) Sales Tax 7 ¾% Sales Tax

"I think that there is nothing, not even crime more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than incessant business." Peace Symbol Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Bread Not Bombs


"Ken Kolsbun has created a book that rescues from obscurity the visionary designer of the ubiquitous peace symbol, Gerald Holtom. All who feel an affinity for modern culture – and the impact one person can have – will appreciate the untold story so beautifully presented here. Ken’s book, which germinated for over 40 years, offers a refreshingly and appropriately personal approach. He corresponded with the designer before he died while documenting the awesome spread of his simple yet ingenious emblem – which is now the universally recognized symbol for Peace. I am delighted that its story is finally to be told in such a colorful, popular and approachable way."
Peace Symbol Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr., Author

"Winning the Vote: The triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement, A Photographic and Documentary History" (American Graphic Press, 2005) and "The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States" (New Society Press, 1987).

Dear Ken,
It was a wonderful surprise to find a cardboard box on the doorstep with the Peace books inside them! I couldn't put the book down until I had read it from cover to cover. I was very impressed and most grateful for all that was shown and said. Not only the fine quality of the moving photos and illustration but also the detailed historical fact surrounding the era of the sixties in the USA, and the way in which it enlarges to further social and environmental issues as well as the nuclear problem. A powerful book that everyone should read, a book that projects a universal ideal and a feeling that change is possible through non violent protest.
Peace Symbol Darius Holtom (Gerald Holtom's son)

Celebrating 50 Years of Gerald Holtom's Symbol