All for the Boss is my ultimate favorite book. There is something timeless about how Ruchama Shain, of blessed memory, describes her upbringing. I have read and re-read this book many times. Sometimes it was cover-to-cover, other times just flipping through and reading an anecdote that inspired or comforted me then.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
I may be wrong, but I don't think the cover below is the original. Growing up, my parents' copy was missing the dust-jacket and it was just a dark brown book.
Regardless, the portrait of R' Herman gives off the intended impressiveness of a person who conducts himself for a higher purpose, The Boss.
Some Details I Liked:
If I would ever write a book, I would try to follow Mrs. Shain's style of telling over historical events in story form. There are also so many lessons that are easily taken from those historic events. With the high quality of the content of the book, you'd assume that it is an intense read, but it isn't. I use this book as a reference, a guide and a comfort.
Who This Book is For:
They came out with a junior edition of this book for young children, but I really remember being quite young when I read the original. I might not have grasped all the important details involved, but I definitely enjoyed it then.
I feel strongly that almost any human can benefit from reading this book, as long as they understand that R' Herman zt"l was a greater man than they are. If you can appreciate greatness, you can appreciate this book.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
This book is not for someone that is going to be picky or judgmental It is also not for someone that is afraid of doing the right thing even though it is unpopular. R' Herman zt"l did a lot of things that were not the norm of the time, but they were good in the eyes of the Boss.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
I would have enjoyed hearing more about Reb. Shain's adult life, but I guess that will have to be in another book.
I highly recommend at least one copy per household.