For those interested in the world of ballet, here is the story of this art from the time of Diaghileff's death in 1929, when an old world ended. The ""Monte Carlo Renaissance"", the ballet in London and Paris, are discussed, but the bulk of the book is devoted to ballet in America when Balanchine came to the country, a fertile ""barbarian"" field, just as Diaghileff had invaded Paris. The results -- the effect of America on Balanchine and Balanchine on America and its artists are detailed. Here we witness the forming of companies, and here is a critical survey of the ballet repertoire. The book shares familiarity with the important people, companies, and compositions in the field. Mr. Martin concludes that the days of the international ballet are over, and that ballet as an art reflecting a culture must and is proceeding to have a home base in that culture.