The metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro presents a researcher with a myriad of advantages from a historiographic point of view, along with some potential limitations. The advantages lie in the city's cultural richness and its pivotal position in the burgeoning national culture industry in the early twentieth century. Marc A. Hertzman's diverse, revealing, and extensive archival research for Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil brilliantly illustrates the advantages of a wide-ranging cultural studies approach to Rio's popular music and race relations in the first half of the twentieth century. In large part, Hertzman's methodology and primary sources are either original or bring to light areas of research not previously published in English regarding the history of popular music and the lives and careers of Afro-Brazilian and mestiço (mixed-race) musicians, journalists, cultural critics, and entrepreneurs. One particularly...

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