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About 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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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Packed with great artwork, interesting facts and in-universe entries, the Essential Guide to Warfare is a must-have for any Star Wars fan's reference collection. Well-researched and written, with entries highlighting little-known aspects of the saga, along with details surrounding the Galactic Civil War that the casual fan may not expect, this book will keep you entertained. Particularly useful for fanfiction writers who like to get their details correct, and an overall nice addition to one's shelf.
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Star Wars The Essential Guide to Warfare documents all the major conflicts in the Star Wars universe. There are many battles between numerous different factions in the Expanded Universe before and after the films. There is a lot of depth and detail to these battles. Overall an interesting and very enjoyable read.
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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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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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