The visual guide to more than 300 flags from around the world. Smithsonian Handbooks: Flags is a book for anyone who has ever wondered why the Mexican flag features an eagle and serpent, or needed to find out what kind of flags flew over America before the first raising of the Stars and Stripes. Fully annotated, full—color graphics of all the world's national flags (and many special flags) combine with detailed description of each flag's history and symbolism to take students, travelers, and curious browsers on a fascinating round—the—world journey. Includes over 300 flags—all nations plus possessions and historical flags.