When Europe tried to ban swastikas in 2005, Hindu groups balked at the proposition, reminding the world that swastikas derive from ancient symbols for peace. Indeed the swastika appears beside the cross, the Star of David, and the crescent moon on the facade of the Baha'i Temple in Chicago. An interesting book!
Don't be afaid to read this book! And what this book does is to remind us that we should never retire any symbol from world history.
I applaud Gross for taking a shot at this topic. It is obviously a sore spot for many, but he was right to try and tackle it. Symbols are just symbols and they mean different things to everyone. They aren't good or bad on their own. That said, I thought Gross hit the mark on about half of these. A few were laugh out loud funny and a few I thought weren't very good. Definitely worth checking out, though.