How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor has been re-released, revised, and expanded. It includes a few pages on MakingStarWars.net in the expanded chapter. I should get that out of the way up front. As you may recall, I talked about the book on an episode of the podcast when it first hit and liked it very much before I was in it. But in the name of full disclosure, the site and I are in the book and if it wasn’t a really rad book, I never would have agreed to talk to Chris (but I did because both he and the book are great).
The thing I like about Chris’ book is that right up front, he gets into the culture of Star Wars while dealing with the history of the beast in a pretty solid way. He discusses the way it has permeated our culture but also the events that allowed it to and the developments over time.
Star Wars is not Hollywood. It is the brainchild of a staunchly independent, Hollywood-hating filmmaker in Marin County who recruited a bunch of young counterculture visual effects guys in a Van Nuys warehouse. (XV)
I suggest picking up your copy on Amazon.