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The Secret History of Star Wars Paperback – November 18, 2008
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The very point of this book is to cut through all the marketing, publicity and years of contravention to show the expanding genesis of the Star Wars story from the original drafts to the "Star Wars" standalone film that was "from the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" to the mythically deeper "Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes IV to VI" to the thematic reconstruction of the "Star Wars Saga: The Tragedy of Darth Vader: Episodes I to VI".
In so doing, author Michael Kaminsky provides not only reasonable deductive examinations, but actual facts via published interviews that go back to the earliest sources and the circumstances surrounding the creation of each film, demonstrating in full how important story elements came to be. And how others were dropped. We see how Lucas' personal life impacted and was impacted by the making of the films (Particularly sad is Lucas' obsession with the construction of Skywalker Ranch that not only hampered the creative integrity of Return of the Jedi, but cost him his wife and half his fortune).
Beyond the fascinating unveiling of the true story behind the development of Darth Vader from a mere mustachio-twirling henchman to the greatest villain in movie history to the tragic figure that emerged in Revenge of the Sith, The Secret History of Star Wars is a chronicle of the genius and imperfection of George Lucas. In this, the author remains ever impartial, never stooping to fanboyish complaining, but neither sugarcoating less pleasant facts.Read more ›
As far as I know, this is the first work to not only treat the franchise seriously from the standpoint of scholastic analysis and independent historical overview, but it also might be the first work to consider the films as both the six-episode "Saga" that was only recently completed as well as the various intermidiaries as it went through the process of transforming from Star Wars, The Movie to The Star Wars Trilogy. The book is absolutely loaded with info, much of it I hadn't known (and I consider myself well read on the series and its history). Most impressive is its challenge of the many "myths" surrounding the series--it seems everything about this franchise gets written by Lucasfilm itself and just repeats about how Star Wars was the "little engine that could" and that Lucas had brilliantly schemed up the entire plot to the series in the 1970s. The truth is much more complicated--and interesting!Read more ›
The Secret History of Star Wars is quite simply the most comprehensive work in regards to the Star Wars saga that's ever been written. It's a far, far cry from official books, which are pretty much just extended press releases for Lucasfilm. This book tells the whole story, the story that George Lucas only seems to like parts of (and the rest of which he just pretends doesn't exist).
Between this book and an authorized Star Wars book, there's really no contest. This one is the winner, hands down.
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Can be a little long, but certainly full of interesting, insider stories.Published 7 days ago by Some Guy
For the open minded only. If you are a Lucas devotee and are going to spend all your time going "This isn't right!" Then don't read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Revilla
This book is the expression of a fan's love for the Star Wars franchise. It details the conclusions of the author's extensive efforts to make sense of the inconsistent and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SOCL
This was an awesome experience. I read the book while listening to the audio book version. I loved it.Published 4 months ago by Dennis Francis
(Audio Edition) This book is good if you like to find out information about how the series came to be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Keith Clingan
I would definitely recommend this book for people who want to understand how star wars came about. But more importantly, if you are somebody who wants interesting stories and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brandon Bard
If you are interested in the writing of Star Wars, this is the book you are looking for. This is a thorough and sometimes exhaustive examination of the saga including the OT and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by PrairieSailor