Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’

One of the deadliest weapons in the Navy’s arsenal for the past 80 years has been the submarine. Stealthy and lethal, today’s Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia class nuclear attack subs lurk beneath the waves like the ancient sea monsters feared by sailors in the days before Columbus. With their wire-guided Mk. 48 ADCAP torpedoesContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’”

Book Review: ‘The Civil War: An Illustrated History’

The Civil War: An Illustrated History (1990) Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, New York Genre: American History/Documentary Series Tie-In Written By: Geoffrey C. Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns The most important programming public television offers, even in the 2020s, is a diverse range of historical documentaries that are never aired on the otherContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Civil War: An Illustrated History’”

Book Review: ‘Skywalker: A Family at War’

Skywalker: A Family at War Author: Kristin Baver Publisher: DK Publishing Date of Publication: April 6, 2021 No. of Pages: 320 (Hardcover Edition) The Book On Tuesday, April 6, Dorling Kindersley – aka DK Publishing or DK Books) released Skywalker: A Family at War, a canon biography of the Skywalker family, the core group ofContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Skywalker: A Family at War’”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’

This film could very easily not be a hit. All films are a risk. I mean, there’s no way to know. You can’t predict a hit.” – George Lucas, on Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 On May 20, 2008, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random HouseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’”

Book Review: ‘The Making of The Empire Strikes Back’

On October 12, 2010, Del Rey, the science fiction/fantasy imprint of Random House, published J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the second volume in a three-book cycle about the creation of the original Star Wars trilogy. Rinzler, an editor at Lucasfilm and co-author (with George Lucas) of 2005’s The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Making of The Empire Strikes Back’”

Book Review: ‘ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film’

Blogger’s Note: This review is a slightly revised version of one that I wrote for the Blogger-based A Certain Point of View in 2018. On April 24, 2007, Del Rey Books – an imprint of the Penguin Random House publishing empire – published a nearly 400-page hardcover edition of The Making of Star Wars: The DefinitiveContinue reading “Book Review: ‘ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film’”

On Books: Examining ‘Shattered Sword’ and ‘The Battle of Midway’

Ever since I read a young reader’s edition of a book about the Battle of Midway (June 4-7, 1942) when I was a fourth grade student at Tropical Elementary School in the early 1970s, I have been fascinated by this pivotal chapter in world history. It is a story that is full of drama andContinue reading “On Books: Examining ‘Shattered Sword’ and ‘The Battle of Midway’”

Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)

“But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far.” – Attributed to Lt. Gen. Frederick “Boy” Browning, commanding officer of I British Airborne Corps and overall commander for Operation Market-Garden On May 17, 2018 – September 11 in the U.S. – Viking (a subsidiary of Penguin Random House) published the British editionContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944’ (UK Edition)”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’

On October 1, 2019, with the premiere of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker a little over two months away, Disney-Lucasfilm Press released Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, an illustrated book for young readers that sums up the first eight Episodes in the main Skywalker Saga film series. Written by Delilah S. DawsonContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’”

Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’

Movies are an illusion. Cinema is the art of the moving image; the moving image isn’t more truthful than are cave paintings, or hieroglyphics, or the Sistine Chapel. What the artist finds is the truth behind the “truth.” Art portrays the aspirations of the society in which it is made.- George Lucas, The Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’”