The Secret History of Star Wars

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Secret History of Star Wars

Michael Kaminski

Publication information

Self-published (Ebook)
Legacy Books Press (paperback)

Release date

March 18, 2007 (e-book)
November 18, 2008 (paperback)

Media type



528 (Ebook)
628 (paperback)



The Secret History of Star Wars is an unauthorized commentary on the development of the scripts for all six Star Wars films. It was written by Michael Kaminski, and has been published in Ebook and paperback format.

Author's SummaryEdit

At its simplest, The Secret History of Star Wars is a new full-length e-book exploring the writing and creation of the Star Wars saga. Culled from over 400 sources and filled with quotes from people such as George Lucas, Gary Kurtz and Mark Hamill, it traces all the way back to 1973 to examine how the first 14-page treatment that began the series came to be and was slowly built, draft by draft, year by year and movie by movie. Covering a period of over four decades, you will discover how George Lucas got his ideas for the original film, how Darth Vader was made into Luke Skywalker's father in 1978 and forever altered the arc of the story, what happened to the infamous third trilogy in the series and how the prequel stories came to be. The book also reveals the style and method of Lucas himself and how his personal life affected and shaped the story, for better and worse. This is a book which challenges many legends surrounding the series and places the films in a new light.


Kaminski gives a chronological analysis of the development of the scripts for each of the Star Wars films. Beginning in 1973 with George Lucas penning "The Star Wars" based on Akira Kurosawa's film The Hidden Fortress and finishing with the 2005 premiere of Revenge of the Sith, he uses the The Annotated Screenplays and Jonathan W. Rinzler's The Making of Star Wars books as his main sources, along with many interviews with George Lucas, Gary Kurtz and Mark Hamill. There is particular attention paid to Lucas and his revelations about the origins of Star Wars, especially how they continually change despite Lucas's assertions to the contrary,

The book gives quite a number of revelations that may be surprising to fans, such as the origins of the characters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. Kaminski also documents the varied critical reactions the films received as well as a limited discussion on the production of the films.

Contained in the appendices of the book are several essays on the origins of Darth Vader, the development of the Journal of the Whills and a timeline documenting the chronological story of the Star Wars scripts.

External linksEdit

Secret History of Star Wars Official website.

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