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Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE INTERGALACTIC BATTLEFIELD
 
Like many a great epic, Star Wars is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume. Extensively researched and inventively wr
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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Del Rey (first published July 24th 2008)
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Nathan Schmidt
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had a long love for Star Wars' essential guides, as they offer so much worldbuilding and bring together the many stories of the Star Wars films and their Expanded Universe. As someone who has at one time or another owned every essential guide, I've seen how the guides have gradually evolved over the many years of the fandom, and The Essential Guide to Warfare, coming out just before the split between Disney and Legends, stands at the pinnacle of the guides.

I greatly enjoyed reading about
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Callum Shephard
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much like the previously reviewed Jedi Path, The Essential Guide to Warfare is a book which really helps to open the door to the Expanded Universe. Along with the many other Essential Guides produced over the years, the book ultimately serves to give greater insight upon background elements of the setting. However, whereas prior installments focused upon characters, droids, weapons and vehicles, this one emphasises upon the conflicts which give the franchise its name, showing how the galaxy as a ...more
RumBelle
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed reading the Essential Guides. Be they about characters, droids, ships or timelines, each guide is incredibly informative and extremely interesting.

This particular guide covers from the galaxies earliest days, to the war with Abeloth, ending with the era of Darth Talon. It seemed to stick to, what is now known as the "Legends" or "Not Cannon" version of Star Wars history, that is to say, none of the new films or books appeared to be a part of the book.

The text, maps, illust
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S.J. Saunders
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating, near-comprehensive read about the conflicts throughout galactic history. Write-ups about ship and vehicle models are interspersed with historical and personal accounts of the wars that shaped the expansion from the Core, and spotlights on important figures further flesh out the characters integral to the galaxy's long, bloody history. My only gripe, really, is that I would have liked more info on wars besides the Galactic Civil War, and the book unfortunately came out before the S ...more
Mati
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
It was type of must have book 6 years ago. It became obsolete with new canon and decaying reminded of EU, which is fading to oblivion.
Henry
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an epic book that is virtually a history book of Star Wars, from a different point of view.
Thomas Myers
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best, well-researched, and lovingly illustrated "fictional non-fiction" of the galaxy far, far away. ...more
Dylan Foley
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book overall. It's much more like a history book than any kind of story. ...more
Simon Taplin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
StarWars History

The history of the original Star Wars universe and some of its most famous characters and equipment. A must for any Star Wars fan.
Adam
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, legends
The third generation of Essential Guides seems to have finally realized the need for original content and the unique potential they have as a medium for that content. It may be that simple incomplete encyclopedias are no longer satisfying when we have Wookieepedia, a source that will always surpass them in breadth and precision (if you check the continuity sections on the Essential Guides, you'll see all the errors the Wookieepedians found in the guides). So rather than try to give information o ...more
Milan Pohl
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to the "Essential Guides" library. The book offers a pleasantly coherent overview of the entire history of warfare in the galaxy far, far away, beginning with ancient times before the Old Republic and ending with the Legacy era. Every major conflict is covered with several main articles, as well as features on important war leaders and machines.

Inevitably, the 248-page book is far from being exhaustive. Some topics are dismissed with just a brief mention (clone commandos and th
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Dan
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for Star Wars fans. The writers had some eerily acute things to say about asymmetrical warfare. Since the Expanded Star Wars universe has spanned 20+ years by now, they had a big job of fitting all the various conflicts together in a somewhat reasonable narrative. They even addressed the controversial re-designation of Kuat Drive Yards' Super Star Destroyer as the Super Dreadnought.

The format of the book makes it a bit challenging to read: the chapters are organized in a linear, ch
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Mike Tuter
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars


Very disappointed in this book for one main reason, there is barely any mention of the Republic Commandos and where they are in the command structure of the Grand Army, or the battles they fought in.
I am insulted that Mr. Fry's idea of including the Republic Commandos is a picture of Jango Fett & Kal Skirata, and a mere mention that they existed. If this book was to be about the warfare of the star wars universe, then the battles & operations that Delta & Omega squad carried out deserve ment
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Revan97
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give Star Wars The Essential Guide to Warfare four stars for only 1 reason: It is no longer cannon. Besides that fact, the book is really great. I like the exquisite artwork, the detailed maps, the in-depth information and the pictures of the ships, weapons and characters (I know these also count as artwork but they are very helpful, especially the pictures of those ships, weapons and characters not seen in the movies or TV shows.) I purchased my copy of the book from the Star Wars Action Team ...more
Eric Farr
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be the standard for all manner of guide books. Beautiful artwork, paired with fascinating vignettes, character studies, and accounts of Star Wars battles. The narrative is packed with fascinating detail, trying to provide a cohesive overview of several areas of Star Wars lore. Because this universe is so large, and because the book covers battles, characters, weapons and starships and other technology, maps, and "historical" developments, the book's major weakness is that most elemen ...more
Michael Alexander
When I was younger I absolutely loved these essential Star Wars guides. I was ravenous for any bit of Star Wars info or trivia I could find, and these books had it in spades. Now I find that I enjoy them, but not with the fervor I used to. Mainly I'm just amazed by them, the amount of research that goes into these books, and the size of the universe is astounding. At times the book reads like a history book, filled with names, and dates, and battles you've never heard of. While that probably sou ...more
Revan
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare was an amazing read. The various illustrations provided vivid, clear pictures of the battles and technology the book tells of. The stories themselves were wonderfully written. It was easy to imagine each and all of these battles taking place. The biographies the ook gave were very entertaining, and provided an insight into the lives of the people they told about. The personal stories were also well written, each with their own individual personalities. O
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Mike McDevitt
Admiral Terrinald Screed convinced me to read this: if a character from the Droids cartoon made it in, it's gotta be good. I learned Cindel Towani wrote a book in 37 ABY, and that Admiral Ackbar's first name was Gial. Not sure if that's pronounced Guile or Gill. If only I thought he needed a first name, I'd wish it was Gill. ...more
Justin
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book I have been waiting for for years. This book details major battles, campaigns, vehicles and warships throughout the Star Wars universe. Just a great read that could have easily been double the size. Only negative I had was the lack of more individual starship classes written about, no doubt due to space constraints.
Robert Barker
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly researched. I was amazed at how the writers integrated a diverse amount of stories and information into a coherenant chronology. Will some people be happy with everything? No, but there is a lot to be liked here.

Star Wars writers should have this on their shelf of references.
Brian Golightly
By no means a complete background overview, but it wasn't meant to be one to begin with. This gives a fairly well organized overview of the military theme in Star Wars. However, it does leave huge gaps in information for some of the more important story arcs. ...more
William
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bit unclear at the end, and more of a history than a guide. despite this it offers insight into the thought process behind battles within the universe and creates a greater appreciation of the fiction
George
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The personal interviews are an amazing touch.
Utah.J.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing! incredibly in-depth, and just plain cool! even though i would have liked it more if there had been a mention of clone commandos, i still loved it!
Aaron Goins
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book. Check out my review at starwarsreport.com.
http://www.starwarsreport.com/2012/04...
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Zac
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love it when the literary world the book takes place in has depth and history. This book summed up the depth of one of my favorite literary worlds.
Nick
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stunningly dull. Sucks all the fun out of the Star Wars universe to present it as a dull textbook.
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In addition to Jupiter Pirates, I've written or co-written more than 30 novels and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy, including The Essential Atlas, The Essential Guide to Warfare, The Weapon of a Jedi, and the Servants of the Empire quartet.

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