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Publisher's Summary

Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world. The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end. But it didn't start out that way. In this thorough account of one of cinema's most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator. For this unauthorized account, he has pored through over 400 sources, from interviews to original scripts, to track how the most powerful modern epic in the world was created, expanded, and finalized into the tale an entire generation has grown up with.
©2008 Michael Kaminski (P)2014 Novel Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rob G. on 12-11-15

Not much of a secret, honestly.

As many people have noted, this is a book for the diehards. It is long. It is detail packed. It is repetitious, It is exhaustive in every sense of the word. And, to be blunt, it's an awful lot of words to say what anyone who has followed the Star Wars franchise since the early days already knows: George Lucas never really had a master plan and has been making it up or modifying the past (retcon, as the author helpfully defines multiple times) as he sees fit since the beginning.
That said, the research here is very impressive. Kaminiski has really done his homework, a chore which can't have been too easy given the contradictions of the mountains of Star Wars info available and the way Lucas plays things close the the vest, letting out only what hewants you to know at that time. It's fascinating to hear the script changes or Lucas's own words changing over time. And its fun, and a bit frustrating, to see how Lucas twisted the franchise into a pretzel to fit whatever his vision was that week.
But, I have to admit, this book wore me out. Maybe I'm not an uber fan, just a fanatic? There were only so many times I could hear essentially similar information about this change or that. The minutia is impressive, but overwhelming at times.
Still, if you want to know exactly how we got from the original 1977 movie to the whole universe it is today, I doubt you'll find a better resource.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Virginia on 06-04-15

A wonderful and in depth look

I thought this book as fascinating and the performance was wonderful. It was a very unique and in depth look at all of the movies out so far

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Malcolm on 11-07-14

Essential for Star Wars fans

I have to agree with other comments about the extreme repetition in the book but don't let that put you off.

This book is a great critical appraisal of the films. It doesn't kiss Lucas butt and is openly critical but at the same time this obviously written by a fan and it makes you want to watch the movies again. The analysis of Phantom Menance is interesting- basically a movie which could be edited into a much better product (ironically the same could be said of this book)

it is a stunning piece of in depth research which gives you a great idea of the creative process of moviemaking.

A really relevant read in light of the new Force Awakens movie. Look forward to a better edited version of the book to include the new movies

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By T. M. Howsam on 08-27-17

Story of Star Wars away from Lucas

If you could sum up The Secret History of Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Insight into Star Wars from a different perspective

Any additional comments?

I think all I really want is to Hear George Lucas own version of the history of the Making of Star Wars

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