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The Jewish Revolts Against Rome, A.D. 66-135: A Military Analysis Paperback – June 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0786444793 ISBN-10: 0786444797

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (June 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786444797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786444793
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most useful look at the subject so far important read for anyone interested in the Roman Empire."

About the Author

James J. Bloom began writing on military history as a consultant to the Historical Evaluation and Research Organization. His contributions have appeared in The International Military Encyclopedia and 100 Decisive Battles from Ancient Times to the Present. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Born August 25, 1939 in New Jersey. Went to Atlantic City High School, then Dickinson College where obtained BA in 1961. Graduate study in several fields, brief army service 1962-63, worked as parole officer, child protective services worker, revenue agent, tax law specialist for IRS and Coopers & Lybrand, and KPMG Peat Marwick until retired from that work in 1999. Was consultant with Historical Evaluation and Research Organization, headed by the military historian Trevor Dupuy, 1971-78. I've written hundreds of journal articles, encyclopedia entries, chapters in books, etc. during a period of 35 years, culminating with THE JEWISH REVOLTS AGAINST ROME, with McFarland Publishing. I am currently finishing a manuscript for Pen & Sword on the sea power of the Roman Empire. My fields are ancient history, Jewish history, military history (all eras) and naval/maritime history. I am married with two sons, and five grandchildren, who will probably never read my writings but will keep the books on display to show visitors what their dad/grandpop does.

I was honored that my book, THE JEWISH REVOLTS AGAINST ROME, made the final cut for selection at the Military Classics Seminar, based at Fort Myer, Arlington, VA for discussion in 2012/13. It was presented last February by Dr. Kelly DeVries of Loyola University. Only 20 books are selected out of hundreds balloted. Dr. Devries was very complimentary of the book, and it sold well among the attendees.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I generally dislike writing negative reviews, something that I probably share with a vast majority of reviewers. This book, however, is simply not good. It has a host of issues and I therefore recommend other customers to simply avoid it. Here is why.

The problems start straight away, with the book's title. Unlike other publications on the same topic, this one is portrayed as covering not only the great revolt of AD 66-73 but also the subsequent revolts at the end of the Trajan's reign and during the reign of Hadrian. There is, in reality, very little on these two latter revolts simply because, as the author acknowledges, there is very little in the sources to go on. So the subsequent revolts are only dealt with in about 20% of the book's content - a bit more than 40 pages out of 220 (without counting the annexes).

Second, this book is portrayed as "A Military Analysis" and I read it just after reading Neil Faulkner's mostly excellent "Apocalypse", despite the author's very obvious and assumed Marxist biases. His book does not have the same bias, although the author does show obvious sympathy for the "insurgents" and comes up with a number of rather anachronistic comparisons with modern times and events taking place in the same geographical area.
On the other hand, the Romans and the behaviours of the Roman aristocrats which were mostly in command tend to be caricatured. While most were clearly arrogant, hard and oppressed the local populations (which were far from being all Jews, by the way), they were unlikely to be the fools or even the half morons that the author seem to want us to believe. Neither were the Jews all victims exploited and oppressed by a cruel and ruthless conqueror who allied himself with the non-Jewish populations to oppress them even more effectively.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Tagliaferre on April 6, 2012
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This historian did a great job of recounting the battles fought by the Jews of Israel against Roman legions during the first century after they lost hope in the departed Messiah to save them from desperation. If you like details including names and places in battles this could be for you. What was a little offputting to me was the rapid fire accounts without much underlying analysis of the leadership and how the Jews could develop formidable fighting forces without the Romans cutting them off at the outset. But in the end they were vanquished and the Roman general Titus, commented there is no merit in defeating an army that was foresaken by its own God. St. Peter wrote that they refused the gift of Christ/Messiah because that was what they were destined for. This just goes to show God as generator, operator, destroyer. It does whatever it wants with whoever it wants whenever it wants and sheeple must take what it gives and give what it takes...ergo Theofatalism. [...]
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