Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’

Luke Skywalker was Annikin Starkiller. Han Solo was a “huge green-skinned guy with no nose and large gills.” And Princess Leia had a bit part. – Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays Considering how intertwined George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy is in modern pop culture, it’s hard to imagine that the film versions of AContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’

On August 16, 2016, Abrams ComicsArts, an imprint of New York-based publisher Henry N. Abrams that specializes in books about comics and trading cards, published Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume Three, the third volume in a series of books about the Topps Company’s card-and-sticker sets celebratingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series -Volume Three’”

Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow and Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945’

On September 1, New York-based (and wholly-owned by its employees) publisher W.W. Norton & Company published Twilight of the Gods: The War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, the concluding volume of Ian W, Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, thus completing the story begun in Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific (2011) and The ConqueringContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945’”

Book Review: ‘The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Volume II of the Pacific War Trilogy)

On September 21, 2015, W,W. Norton & Company – an independent, employee-owned publishing company based in New York City – published Ian W. Toll’s The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944. This is the second book in Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, which begins with Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Volume II of the Pacific War Trilogy)”

Book Review: ‘The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11’

On August 8, 2006, Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of the multinational Penguin Random House publishing company) published The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, a non-fiction book by New Yorker staff writer and screenwriter Lawrence Wright. Released a few weeks before the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks inContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost’ Audio Drama Script

On October 1, 2019, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Random House – published the hardcover edition of Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost, the complete script to the full cast audio drama by British writer Cavan Scott. The publication of the script followed the July release of the audiobook published by Random House, whichContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost’ Audio Drama Script”

Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’

Hi there! Welcome to the Saturday, June 6, 2020 edition of A Certain Point of View, Too, my newish blog here on WordPress. It’s been a gray and stormy Florida day; we’re into the first month of the 2020 hurricane season, after all, as well as the second of the wet season here in theContinue reading “Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’”

Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)

Two Classic WWII Histories in One Commemorative Volume On May 7, 2019, the non-profit Library of America published Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, a 75th Anniversary commemorative reprint of two classic “popular histories” of World War II: The Longest Day (1959) and A Bridge Too Far (1974). Published a decade and-a-halfContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)”

Book Review: ‘The World Remade: America in World War I’

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.”— President Woodrow Wilson, on the StateContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The World Remade: America in World War I’”