Thomas Meaney: Margaret Mead
6 March 2014
Show More Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War by Peter Mandler.
Yale, 366 pp., £30, March 2013, 978 0 300 18785 4Show More
“... In 1957, in a remote village on the south coast of Bali, the young anthropologist Clifford Geertz was watching a cremation ceremony spill down a hillside when the crowd suddenly parted, ‘as in a DeMille movie’, and there, propped up on her walking stick, stood Margaret Mead. She was on her way to India for ‘a World Conference on some sort of World Problem’, and had tracked down Geertz and ...”