This is the best book I've read this year. Meticulously researched and just so beautifully written. It's the kind of book that I wanted to reread as soon as I finished it. All of Chabon's prose and sentences are perfect; every thought is just so clearly and beautifully put down. In this book you experience the real feelings of joy, elation, grief, rage, and helplessness of the characters. It is certainly a dense book (not light summer reading by any means) but it is SO WORTH IT and goes surprisingly fast. Highly recommend.