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Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

by Ryder Windham

Other authors: Tommy Lee Edwards (Illustrator), Chris Trevas (Illustrator)

Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides (14), Star Wars (reference)

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This book, Del Rey's newest Star Wars "essential guide", covers the history, philosophies, and techniques of the Force. Star Wars history, especially that of the Jedi, has always fascinated me, and this book certainly does not fail to deliver on that account. Most of the book is in the form of entries by various characters: most fascinatingly, there's a section narrated by Emperor Palpatine himself, and how great is it that Lando Calrissian's autobiography is called How to Succeed in Everything? And of course, the artwork by Tommy Lee Edwards and Chris Trevas is gorgeous. Though, one wonders why I bothered buying the book; within ten minutes of its publication, all of the information and pictures were up on Wookieepeida.
  Stevil2001 | Mar 5, 2008 |
A book written in-character as discussions of the history of the Jedi and the Sith from a perspective set in the days of the New Jedi Order, several decades after Return of the Jedi. It covers the deep history of the Jedi and the tales seen in comics and video games, set thousands of years before the movies, as well as much of the activity set after the movies. There are details of a number of Force powers and other groups, and some good perspectives on the Dark Side; this is well worthwhile for any game master or writer working in the Star Wars universe.

The book has an index, but lacks a bibliography; you need to hit Wookieepedia if you want to figure out which books tell the tales of a particular event depicted here. The writing is generally good, with a few stumbles here and there as the author tries to find the voice for a particular character. ( )
  slothman | Dec 29, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345493346, Paperback)

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE ABSOLUTE POWER AT THE HEART OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY

The Force, in the immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.” The fortunate few who are able to tap into this extraordinary power have studied and cultivated the full spectrum of its potential–either embracing its virtuous qualities or succumbing to its evil temptations. The Jedi seek to bring peace and enlightenment to the galaxy, while the Sith hunger only for conquest and control.

This comprehensive one-of-a-kind overview chronicles the known history of the Force and its wielders down through the ages, from the founding tenets of Jedi and Sith teachings to the landmark events and legendary figures who have shaped the struggle between the light and dark sides. In first-hand accounts by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, Darth Bane, Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Emperor Palpatine, and a host of other Jedi Masters, Sith Lords, scholars, and sages, Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force spans the breadth of available knowledge, including

• the first recorded discovery of the Force
• significant battles affected by the Force throughout galactic history
• the purpose, construction, and importance of Holocrons
• the evolution of the Jedi and Sith orders
• Force-sensitive abilities–including battle meditation, telekinesis, and “mind tricks”
• noteworthy Jedi and Sith lightsabers, and the seven forms of lightsaber combat
• a vivid portrait of the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker
PLUS–More than one hundred brand new full-color illustrations!

No Star Wars library is complete without this definitive guide to understanding the Force. Remember: the Force will be with you . . . always!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:04 -0400)

A study of the conflict between the Jedi and Sith and their relationship with the Force discusses the history, teachings, and weaponry of both groups, the major battles between them, and Force-sensitive abilities and powers.

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