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Reviewed Elsewhere: Michal Ben-Horin, Musical Biographies: The Music of Memory in Post-1945 German Literature.

Michal Ben-Horin. Musical Biographies: The Music of Memory in Post-1945 German Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016, 173 pp. €79.95 (cloth),ISBN 978-3110460933, 
 
This book investigates musically mediated responses to the “catastrophe of the Second World War and the Nazi past” in German literature (1).

Reviewed Elsewhere: Lisa Jakelski, Making New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956–1968.

Lisa JakelskiMaking New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956–1968. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. 272 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-520-29254-3.
 
In her book Lisa Jakelski analyses the first decade of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music in the broader context of the sociological and political situation of the period.

Reviewed Elsewhere: Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier. Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. 344 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-520-28413-5. 
 
In 1954, the U.S. State Department launched the Cultural Presentations program, an ambitious endeavor to improve the image of the United States abroad through cultural diplomacy.

Reviewed Elsewhere: Joanna Bosse, Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland.

Joanna BosseBecoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015. 200 pp. $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-252-03901-0; $25.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-252-08063-0.
 
Musicologist Joanna Bosse uses ballroom dance to show the ways that dance, like music, can contribute to identity formation.

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