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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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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345477620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477620
  • ASIN: 0345477626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of The Jupiter Pirates series, published by HarperCollins. In the first book, Hunt for the Hydra, we meet Tycho, Yana and Carlo Hashoone. They're crewers above the privateer Shadow Comet, siblings and competitors. Each wants to be the next captain of their family's starship -- but only one of them will be chosen.

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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 (, a blog about the New York Mets, with my friend Greg Prince.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skuldren on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter Morrison on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
They don't call it Star Peace for a reason, authors Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart put the war in Star Wars with the latest edition in the Essential Guide series, Star Wars: Essential Guide to Warfare.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SuperT on April 28, 2012
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There's something to be said about a franchise that not only inspires countless tales, but inspires textbook-like volumes cataloging the exploits of the major (and minor) players in the battles of that galaxy far, far away. In this book you will find in-universe excerpts from soldiers and generals alike, spanning the entire Star Wars saga and involving the Jedi, Empire, Mandalorians, and almost any other group you can name. The book details the most important battles taking place all over the Star Wars timeline, from 25,000 years before A New Hope to over 100 years after Return of the Jedi. With breathtaking, full-color artwork from some of the most skillful Star Wars artists, this book is a must-have for any fan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mess on April 30, 2012
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As can be said of the The New Essential Chronology or The Essential Atlas of the same series, the artwork is spectacular and the information is instructive even for hardcore fans such as myself. Further, small original narratives add a great deal to the ambiance and enjoyment of the work. No buyer's remorse at all for this product, great for any fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wakeupfreddy on August 9, 2013
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First of all, let me thank the authors for taking the time and effort to put so much thought and work into this book. The cover art gives off the exact idea of what you expect to find within each page. 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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