In an attempt to separate fact from fiction, the authors have researched all the known information on the origin and development of the American flag and have presented it practically verbatim. Seemingly inclusive of every detail, this traces the history of the first, second and third adaptations of the stars and stripes, its use aboard ship and its first land honors, significant changes in color and design and its official list of specifications set forth by Congress. A consideration of other flags that have represented national sovereignty in the United States and a discussion of additional symbols of sovereignty such as the U. S Seal and the Coat of Arms reveal their own special stories. The chapters with most popular appeal are those debunking the legends and myths and assorted fictions surrounding the flag, thus Betsy Ross sadly succumbs to the axe of the fact-finder. In the main, what is an informative investigation for the connoisseur is pretty dry plodding for us.