If you are interest in biblical scholarship or 20th century Jewish history, you need to read this book today. If you aren't but but you like good mysteries, you too should read it today. This is an incredibly compelling piece of investigative journalism that is very well researched and very well written. It tells a complex story concisely and uncovers a number of important details that even people familiar with the codex's history will nto have encountered before. Hopefully Mr. Friedman's efforts here will ultimately lead to the recovery of the missing parts.
Professor Schiffman is a great scholar and is so incredibly passionate about the scrolls that his enthusiasm is infectious. I already knew a fair amount about the scrolls, but still learned new things & got help putting the knowledge in a broader context. He's very good at focusing on the evidence that supports various claims. He has a few idiosyncratic theories about things but he's good at identifying what is supportable and what is speculation.