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Seward (Monks of War) attempts to provide a lively and descriptive summary of Josephus's life and works. He succeeds in this aim by condensing the copious details of Josephus's Vita and The Jewish War into a readable synopsis for generally educated readers. However, Seward sacrifices any significant discussion of historical background or critical analysis for the sake of readability. A few small historical inaccuracies are also present in this work, and there is only a brief deliberation on the massacre at Masada. Nevertheless, this text would be appropriate for most general readers. Students and advanced readers in search of a one-volume critical treatment of Josephus would benefit further from Flavius Josephus & Flavian Rome, edited by Jonathan Edmondson and others, or Steve Mason's Josephus, Judea, and Christian Origins.