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A Brief Guide to Star Wars

By Brian J. Robb

  • Paperback
  • £7.99

The ultimate insider's guide to the world of the Jedi and the Sith

George Lucas was a rebel, refusing to make films in the style of the dying studio system, relentlessly pushing the technology of the day, and almost alone in understanding the potential of merchandising; but he was a rebel who built an empire.

From the staggering unexpected success of the original Star Wars in 1977, when cinema attendances exceeded 20 million for the first time since 1963, through The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, then the 'dark times', the 16 years leading to the blockbusting prequel trilogy - this is the fascinating story of how it all happened.

Life-long Star Wars fan and movie journalist Brian J. Robb edited the official Star Wars magazine for a decade and visited the sets of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in Australia (observing director George Lucas at work), as well as the famous Skywalker Ranch. He has interviewed many of the stars and crew of all six Star Wars movies.

Biographical Notes

Brian J Robb is the editor in chief of Titan Magazines and has been the editor of Star Wars magazine for over a decade. He is also the author of the BGT Star Trek - planned to publish alongside new film in summer 2012.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781780333991
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2012
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Robinson
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Authors:
Jeremy Arnold

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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Running Press Adult

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Authors:
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Running Press Mini Editions

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Authors:
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Piatkus

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Hachette Books

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Authors:
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