Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The "action" begins at a Catskills resort; being from the NYC area (though a gentile), it was fairly easy for me to get into the swing of things. Jacobson's treatment of "Israel's role in a 'Jewish identity'" (my terminology, not his) might seem harsh, though honest. The writing quality remains consistently high throughout, but I can't quite bring myself to give the full 5 stars; the final chapter in Lithuania seemed abrupt. Highly recommended.