To my knowledge, this well-researched book is the very first volume of essays written in English on the subject of the musical genre of manele. . . The fieldwork completed for the volume has resulted in a diverse collection of material . . . . Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Meaning in Balkan Popular Music is recommended for scholars, students, and readers interested in music, history, ethnic, social, and political studies of Romania and the Balkans. The website [http://www.manele-in-romania.ro/] is a convenient source for both a classroom setting and personal use.