Star Wars: Year by Year – A Visual Chronicle

I think the last book report I wrote was in the fourth grade. Hmm… come to think of it, I may not have turned that one in. I probably still owe it to Mrs. Saunders, who was kind enough to give me an extra week to get it done….making me about 1,500 weeks late. I promise, it’ll be done any day now!

Everyone aside from Mrs. Saunders may be interested in “Star Wars: Year by Year – A Visual Chronicle. “ This beautiful coffee-table type book is a hefty 320 page tome with a stylish slipcover. The dates for the book run from 1914, when early Star Wars influences are identified, all the way through 2010. The book is divided into the following sections:

  • Life Before Star Wars
  • The Original Trilogy (1973-1983)
  • Between the Trilogies (1984-1996)
  • The Prequel Trilogy (1997-2005)
  • Clone Wars & Beyond (2006-2010)

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The bulk of the book naturally covers the peak Star Wars years during the first and second trilogies. However, what I found most interesting were the “in between” years that show how Star Wars stayed relevant and in the public consciousness in the time period between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Phantom Menace.”

Each page is full color with a variety of photos that show the major Star Wars events that took place at a given time. Important years in Star Wars history cover a variety of pages. Lean years naturally receive much less coverage. This book is not a comprehensive encyclopedia, although it does offer an extensive index. Instead, it is best suited for retro fans that will enjoy the photos and brief descriptions of products, events, and other milestones, month by month from the past 30+ years. The book is jam packed with fun trivia tidbits such as a synopsis of the Star Wars Holiday special and photos of deleted scenes from the movies. And who knew that the awesome AT-AT by Kenner was considered a failure with low sales blamed on its (then) high price tag of $50? Speaking of $50, that’s the suggested price of the book. However, it can be found online for substantially less. I’d highly recommend this book for Star Wars fans who would enjoy seeing the history of not only the franchise, but also its myriad of influences around the world.

vinvectrex

Author at Retroist
Vinvectrex has not only reviewed every game made for the Vectrex, but discovered a long lost game for the IBM Jr. and probably changed the history of Star Wars fandom.

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5 thoughts on “Star Wars: Year by Year – A Visual Chronicle

  1. Vinvectrex, great review of this Star Wars tome! I’ve looked at it many, many, many times at my local Barnes and Noble. I’ll pick it up in the near future. :)

    @Dan Wallace I have to echo what the Retroist said. I need to add I found the Darth Vader head on Washington DC’s National Cathedral photos from your blog just incredibly awesome! :)

  2. vinvectrex says:

    @Dan Wallace – thanks for checking out the review on the site. Your book is so much fun, and I was truly amazed at the things you unearthed. Thanks for putting together such a great book.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    The book looks great.
    And from the fun tidbits on the linked blog, I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Just one thing, though.
    There was life *before* Star Wars?

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