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The Essential Guide to Warfare (Star Wars) (Star Wars: Essential Guides) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
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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The Jupiter Pirates is part high-seas adventure and part space-age epic -- I've had a blast writing the series and can't wait to share it with people. Officially the Jupiter Pirates books are for kids 8-12, but readers far older than that will enjoy them too.
As for me, I'm a writer, editor, and occasional journalism consultant based in Brooklyn, N.Y, where I live with my wife Emily, my son Joshua and about a metric ton of baseball cards and Star Wars stuff. I've written more than two dozen Star Wars books and short stories for publishers including Random House, DK, Scholastic and Disney Books. Before striking out on my own as an independent writer, I spent more than 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where I wrote the Real Time column about technology and co-wrote The Daily Fix, a daily roundup of great sportswriting. I co-write Faith and Fear in Flushing (www.faithandfearinflushing.com), a blog about the New York Mets, with my friend Greg Prince.
If that seems like an odd mix, well, I think so too. But one way or another, I've written or worked with writers nearly all my life. It's all I ever wanted to do, and I'm profoundly grateful that I've been able to do it.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
This book has long been in development originally planned to be the Essential Guide to the Star Wars Military was announced in 2008 and to be authored by Karen Traviss before her Ba'slan shev'la from the galaxy far, far away.
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I have been a constant reader of the Star Wars Expanded Universe since it's modern rebirth under Timothy Zahn in the early 1990s, but early in the EU the Essential Guide line was something that while I read felt rather shallow. This first generation of EG's as defined by Wookieepedia ended with the EG to Alien Species, later we saw a second generation of books along the same subject lines updated and re-branded as "new." I didn't pay close attention to this second generation as it largely came during the Dark Times of my personal fandom. My return to the Essential Guide line came with 2007's Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force by Ryder Windham.
The addition of new original content as well as a gigantic leap forward in the artistic illustrations in the books really began for me with the Essential Guide to the Force. This book was by the breathtakingly geeky Essential Atlas by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry, which took fictional stellar cartography to unparalleled heights.
As a Star Wars book nerd, my most anticipated EG book is Pablo Hidalgo's forthcoming The Essential Reader's Companion. That being said, Del Rey's Star Wars Facebook page has been releasing sneak peaks of The Essential Guide to Warfare's artwork for awhile now and my excitement has been slowly building.Read more ›
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A MUST HAVE FOR ANY DIE-HARD STAR WARS FAN!
Boy is this thing in-depth! It is written as somewhat of a journal that has first-hand accounts and excerpts of all of the... Read more
Jason Fry is a fabulous author and writes with authority about the nuances of Star Wars in a way that is spectacular. His books are a family favorite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Mattison
A write-up and chronology of events pre- and post- Battle of Yavin with brief decriptions of the military hardware used for each battlePublished 1 month ago by mrchange
Would you trust a book on warfare from a political movement that made the same mistake with the Death Star twice and have an army that cannot even shoot the main characters, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kage
Hands down of the best Star Wars purchases I have ever made, it is invaluable to me as a star was fan and as a GM for Star War RPG games. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Velez
this the best! so AWESOME, it has a detailed explanation of the entire history of warfare in the star wars universe! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kelvin Tay