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Street Art and the War on Terror: How the World's Best Graffiti Artists Said No to the Iraq War

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Bringing togethera stunning array ofantiwar, anti-Bush, andanti-Blair graffiti from the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Japan, and Australia, thisgritty, controversial collection captures many unique images which have survived only a few hours between execution and clean-up.Including achronology of opposition to the war organized by continent, and commentaries ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2007 by Korero Books
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Daniel Robertson
May 25, 2015 Daniel Robertson rated it it was amazing
Fantastic art from around the world showing the futility of war is understood on the street. Just a pity those in power can't understand it so easily..
Dale
May 30, 2008 Dale rated it did not like it
Shelves: war, nonfiction
I had high expectations for this book. I was disappointed. The 'street art' ranged from professionally produced posters to poorly-lettered scratches on a wall. Most of the art was simply stenciled-on images of Bush or of a cartoon-like bomb. There was an utter lack of creativity or insight in most of the street art.

The textual commentary seemed often to be written by someone who is not very closely in touch with the history of the past 50 years, and who, amazingly, seems not to be well informed
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Joel
Jun 09, 2009 Joel rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
There was some pretty awesome stuff in this book. The only reason I docked it a star is because some of the stuff included was a real stretch as far as being relevant to the topic of the War on Terror (e.g. a famous wall painting in Tehran that's existed for a couple of decades, and some stencils of superheros in China, etc.) Overall, it's really solid and the art is totally worth checking out and some of the commentary is good. Highly recommended for those that like street art.
Benjamin Britton
Feb 14, 2016 Benjamin Britton rated it it was amazing
"The obscenities of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay are highlighted in iconic imagery. Street Art's visual shorthand reveals the chaos and suffering that have resulted. It reminds us that the indirect result of our governments' arrogance and flouting of the spirit of Democracy, has been terroristic civil war in which between 100,000 and 600,000 civilians and thousands of our troops have died. What on earth for? What is been achieved?"
Marissa Barbieri
May 22, 2008 Marissa Barbieri rated it it was amazing
While the copy in this book is fairly abysmal, the images more than make up for it. I've always had a deep love of well-intentioned graffiti, and this shit is pretty much top of the pops in that regard.

Wait, does anyone say "top of the pops" anymore? Or... did they ever?
محمد الهاشمي
Feb 18, 2013 محمد الهاشمي rated it really liked it
This helped me much on my research on "war on terror", documenting some of the most important street art subversive works. But the description was much less informative. Some works didn't reflect the subject really.
Robin
Sep 29, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
I particularly appreciated being able to see art from countries other than the U.S.A.
Hena
May 23, 2011 Hena rated it it was ok
also stole this from prachi ji, heh heh.
Peter
Oct 26, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing
This book will raise your heart rate.
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