Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE INTERGALACTIC BATTLEFIELD
 
Like many a great epic, Star Wars is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume. ...
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Overview

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE INTERGALACTIC BATTLEFIELD
 
Like many a great epic, Star Wars is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume. Extensively researched and inventively written, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare combines action-filled narrative with encyclopedic knowledge that:
 
• explores notable military units and groups
• traces the development of significant armaments and technologies
• profiles key warship classes, ground units, and manufacturers
• provides capsule biographies of great military leaders
• presents eyewitness troopers’ accounts of combat
• plus—enough additional profiles, intel, history, and lore to span the cosmos!
 
Encompassing all of the Star Wars media, including the legendary films, the hit TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the bestselling books, comics, and videogames, and packed with original full-color artwork, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare is a conquering achievement.
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Obviously, there wouldn't be a Star Wars without war. Armed conflict forms one of the central elements (and, let's admit it, lures) of this epic series. Jason Fry's Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare focuses in unprecedented ways on the history, battles, strategies, leaders, and weapons of these armed confrontations. This carefully documented, large-scale project is far more than a pictorial; it enables us to see the dynamics of Star Wars warfare as we have never seen them before.

James Killen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345477620
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 248,731
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Fry is a writer in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, son, and about a metric ton of Star Wars stuff.
 
Paul R. Urquhart is a pseudonym. He was born in Scotland between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and has been a Star Wars fan since he bought his first toy X-wing at the age of three. Although occasionally mistaken for a larger-than-life Ewok, he is in fact a historian, specializing in medieval society.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Good book, horrible Nook edition

    It is a really cool guide. I think other reviews adaquately cover all the good stuff. I'm just going to talk about how this version is a poorly assembled mess. There are obvious coding errors throughout. All "War Portaits" are preceded by the sentence "This should not be visible" and are not sepparated from the main text as they are in the Kindle edition. The galaxy maps depicting certain conflicts are entirely absent. The ship and vehicle images vary a lot in terms of size and resolution. Some are tiny and some are blown up to take up more than half the page. Some are very sharp and some are blurry and pixelated. In the hard copy of the book these are all around the same size.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    One of the best Star Wars guides yet

    Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare is one of those reference books every Star Wars fan should read. While Guide to Warfare isn’t quite on the same reference level as say the Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, it’s not a book you should skip. First off, this book gives a very nice overview of all the wars and conflicts that have plagued the galaxy far, far away. Wars have a way of shaping people’s lives and the worlds they live in. The history that this book covers helps readers better understand the events that have led up to the films, television shows, books, and comics. It’s also includes a lot of bonus material that helps keep things from feeling too much like a text book. Plus there is a ton of wonderful artwork strewn throughout.

    Starting with the artwork, there is some truly gorgeous scenery. This is easily the best illustrated Star Wars guide book to date. Images vary from people to places to ships. From a meeting with Dooku showing off the plans for a Scorpenek droid to the Separatist leaders, to Palpatine and a convocation of the Grand Admirals. The artwork is as pleasing to the eye as it is surprising.

    Inside The Essential Guide to Wafare, you’ll also find some really nice highlight features. There are special war portraits for notable individuals, armory and sensor profiles focusing on the weapons, ships, and technology involved in each conflict, some awesome maps by Modi showing the Alsakan Conflicts, major shipyards of the galaxy, and the Imperial Remnant. There are also features that focus on military ranks, rosters, unit sizes, ships classifications and sizes, and even a list of fighter pilot slang. All of them are very useful reference material. My one gripe would be there’s not an easy way to go back through and find them because those special extras aren’t specifically listed in the table of contents and they are scattered throughout the book. Still, it’s very nice to have them.

    Comparing The Essential Guide to Warfare to the guides that have come before it, it has both it’s pros and cons. On the plus side, Guide to Warfare has some great illustrations, maintains a good entertainment value, and still packs in a healthy dose of reference material. The cons are mostly trade offs. To increase the entertainment value, a bit of the reference value was lost. The fun narratives take up page space that could have gone to more informative yet dry text. It would have also been nice to see more, but it’s so easy to ask for more and never be content with what you have. As large as the Star Wars Expanded Universe is, it’s impossible to fit it all into one book. Nevertheless, the authors did an outstanding job of cramming the EU into this one guide in a way that collects existing info and presents new material. As a book that both experienced and inexperienced Star Wars geeks can enjoy, this is a great book for all fans.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    This is an exceptional companion for anyone who reads the books

    This is an exceptional companion for anyone who reads the books or watches the movies. The artwork is what makes this book so extraordinary. After reading many of the novels, I believed that the artist caught each scene perfectly.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Pretty legit!!!!

    And its very detailed.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    The cover art for this book is perfect and beautiful. The style

    The cover art for this book is perfect and beautiful. The style of writing is a Fictitious Non-Fiction book which describes, in great detail, all of the different conflicts throughout the history of the Star Wars Universe.

    I cannot believe the depth this book furnishes. While reading this, I could not comprehend the imagination and time the author put into this work. A definite must read for Star Wars lovers and those who want to familiarize themselves with Star Wars. I guess there's a reason they call it 'Star Wars'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Best guide ever

    Phyc!

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