David West Reynolds is the author of Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary, The Phantom Menace: The Visual Dictionary, the Original Trilogy Visual Dictionary, Episode I: Incredible Cross-Sections, Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, TIE Fighter: A Pocket Manual, X-wing: A Pocket Manual, and The Lost City of Tatooine.
According to The Phantom Menace: The Visual Dictionary, Reynolds "earned his Ph.D. in archeology at the University of Michigan. [He is a] lecturer, veteran of field expeditions and author of scientific archeological publications ... He approaches the world of Star Wars like ancient Rome or Egypt, considering it 'a culture from another time and place to explore.' Reynolds lives in Marin County, California."