Lobenthal has produced yet another stellar biography of a pivotal midcentury ballerina. As one of George Balanchine’s early elite dancers, Patricia Wilde was instrumental in shaping both the legendary choreographer’s oeuvre and the blazingly brilliant and aesthetically rigorous style of New York City Ballet. Set against classical ballet’s dynamic, midcentury incarnation in America and Western Europe, Lobenthal’s book eloquently brings those heady days to life. This is a must-read for anyone interested in dance and modern culture.