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Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force (Star Wars: Essential Guides)

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The Force, in the immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, �surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.� The fortunate few who are able to tap into this extraordinary power have studied and cultivated the full spectrum of its potential�either embracing its virtuous qualities or s
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by LucasBooks
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I picked this up because, having collected the Expanded Universe books for years, it’s fair to say by this point the chronology has expanded to the point where sometimes I find myself hunting for a quick and easy answer to dates, chronological order, and pertinent details of significant events. What with the books being churned out so fast in the final few years before Disney declared that timeline entirely defunct (*shakes fist*), even a stalwart multiple-readthrough aficionado of the series su
Feb 12, 2008 Roberta rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, Essential Guide collectors
Shelves: starwars
Some Star Wars Universe spoilers from Legacy of the Force.

A fairly complete history of the Force. The book discusses the origin of the Jedi order and the Sith split off. Then, devotes chapters to the Jedi, the Dark Side, the Sith, Other traditions, and the Chosen One. It was written to include facts from the Legacy of the Force series, which kind of puts a bad test in my mouth as I don't really like where the authors have taken the character of Jacen. I could see him studying Sith philosophy and
Jun 07, 2008 Neo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every Force-curious, Multiverse-questioning, truth-seeking mind in existence/s.
Recommended to Neo by: An old... master... of mine.
I'll explain more here later. THE best book buy in the last FIVE YEARS IF NOT MORE.

If you're interested; go get it. Right now. Don't WAIT! It's cheap(for the AMAZING QUALITY of the work); it's detailed; it is unutterably COMPLETE, and it is written from WITHIN the universe, rather than outside it - which is my biggest, BIGGEST beef with "fan"-related texts. Full-color, wide spread glossy pages, beautiful glorious, heart-rending artwork. A historical holocron.

You won't be sorry... but you might b
This book has some cool art, but isn't super informative. It mostly re-hashes stories from the books/comics. I was hoping for a bit more mystical Force philosophy kind of stuff.
Crystal Starr Light
I have been a Star Wars fan for about 12 years now, so wanting to learn a little more about the Force seemed a good next step.

Written from Tionne's point of view, this book details the evolution of the Jedi, Sith, and other Force Users, explains certain powers each has, and other tidbits about the Force all brought in one text.

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I really enjoyed how the author took the movies, books, comics, video games, and more and put all the Force concepts under one roof. I have been mostly a book and
Eric Farr
The amount of Star Wars material I read is not insignificant, and I often preface reviews with the warning that I would really only recommend a product to Star Wars fans. Unfortunately, I must repeat that disclaimer here. Really, though, if you are not a fan, I am not quite sure why this would be all that much of interest from a purely conceptual level.

That said, this is a generally well-written, breezy exploration of the Jedi, the Sith, and the Force, combined with absolutely lovely illustratio
An interesting compilation of Sith and Jedi "history". Written as though a Jedi historian compiled it (Tionne Solusar, for those who are in the know), the book covers a general Force history and then delves into particular Force related topics. It also includes stories that are up to date for the time that it was written; however, the insane pace of the Star Wars publishing industry means that there is already substantial back story not included in this volume.

The highlight of this book, however
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Shane Amazon
Coming in at a heavy 231 pages, Star Wars: The Essential guide to the Force offers a very large overview of the history of the Force and the people who shaped our understanding of it. Here is a list of what the book offers.

1- History and holocrons - Covers the history of Holocrons, Significant battles
2- The Jedi - Jedi evolution, Force-sensitive abilities, Jedi spirits, Detecting Jedi powers, The Force as a source of energy, Force anomalies, Lightsabers
3- The Dark Side - Dark Jedi. Dark
Jenica Love
Yes I am actually reading this with my son. There is soooo much more to the Star Wars world than I ever thought! Justice got a bunch of X-mas $ and I thought hw would surely by a gameboy (he lost his) and yet when we were at Barnes & Noble he really wanted to spend it all on Star Wars books, he's been off reading for days. You cannot even imagine how proud I am. I guess the reason I read the Star wars stuff too is so we can have "deep discussions" about something that really interests him, t ...more
DJ Johnson
This book is very informative, almost too much so at times. For the average fan just wanting to beef up their knowledge it might seem overwhelming. However, if you are looking to get into some serious history and information then this book is a great source of information.
Jun 23, 2011 Erika rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars enthusiasts
I had to knock one star off because I didn't like the organization of the book. I was expecting more of a faceoff of sorts between presenting facts on the Jedi and on the Sith. But the illustrations are amazing--which is nice.
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Amazing artwork.
Tasty tidbits.
Fascinating factoids.
Geek glory.
Has a lot of text and pictures...
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