This is definitely one of the books that ranks up high if you're a hard core Star Wars fan. I must say that I didn't finish reading the book because the material was a bit too dense for me. My mind wandered back to Earth. This is more of a visual companion than an art book. It covers the political galaxy, the planets and galactic history.
The first part is on Star Wars space politics. The sort of topic, during conversation, will instantly elevate you to the know-it-all Star Wars fan status. It covers political relationships, trade, colonies and other issues.
The second part on the planets is pretty straightforward. All the planets are listed with their fact file containing information like population, trade imports and exports, government and the usual things that interest galactic travelers.
The last part is on the history of the galaxy. It includes the movie events and a whole lot more of what's going on outside of the movies. It's good reference for anyone looking to fill in the blanks on, well, everything.
This book is recommended to extraterrestrial politicians, space traders and adventurers, galactic historians and the Star Wars fans.
Here's the official product description:
Navigate the Star Wars universe as you never have before–with this fully illustrated, full-color guide that maps the entire galaxy.
You know the planets–from Alderaan and Corellia to Tatooine and Zonama Sekot–and the star systems, from the Deep Core to the Outer Rim. But now, for the first time, you can pinpoint their locations and chart the travels of your favorite characters through the vast reaches of space. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas is a galaxy-spanning trove of vital statistics and information ranging from the astronomical and geographical (“Systems, Sectors, Oversectors, and Regions”) to the historical and political (“The Sith Empire” and “The Great Hyperspace War”). Encompassing the entire Star Wars canon, including all the films, and the Clone Wars television series, plus the novels, comic books, video games, and more, this volume is packed with dozens of detailed maps and charts, as well as pertinent data and accompanying facts on
- the Empire: its length and breadth, political regions, populations, trade routes, major attractions, and trouble spots
- the Clone Wars: the trajectory of this decisive conflict across the universe, data on key battles and major Loyalist and Separatist worlds
- the adventures of Han Solo: the heroic rogue’s exploits throughout the galaxy–including his captaincy of the Millennium Falcon and his first, fateful meeting with Chewbacca–before his life-changing alliance with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
- the Sith Wars: the progression of the universal clash between the ancient Jedi Order, their dark side counterparts, and the Mandalorian warriors who fought against both orders
- and much, much more
From Hutt Space to the Unknown Regions, from the Knights of the Old Republic and Episode I to the Fate of the Jedi and Legacy era, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas is the ultimate gateway to space fantasy’s most brilliantly imagined and endlessly intriguing galaxy.
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