Victoria Phillips book Martha Graham’s Cold War The Dance of American Diplomacy takes the reader through a history of dance, politics, and travel. This fascinating look at how one woman -who claimed to not be a feminist although she was certainly progressive for her time – brought American ideals to the world’s center stage. Long before Graham’s remarkable energy as a leader in cultural diplomacy gave the world a slice of “Americana” through her many trips abroad, she was breaking barriers of dance and representation within the US. As a representative of the US State Department, she was at the forefront of the cultural wars that engaged East/West relations. Phillips blends the accomplished Graham within the competitive world of performance in a book that functions as both a history of Cold War politics and modern dance.
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