All That Is is one of the best books I have read in years. I read this book slowly, resisting devouring it in one sitting, though it is that compelling, but wanting to savor it as long as possible. The writing is that good, the story of Phil Bowman, that engrossing. The novel follows him from his experience in WWII through his years as an editor and encompasses the triumphs and equally the disappointments of his life. The novel is filled with sentences, paragraphs that took my breath away and demanded second and third readings. Though the life of Bowman is completely different from mine in the particulars I often felt it was my life Salter was writing.