Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, by its very name, highlights the many different techniques that have been used to carry out an aspect of civilisation that is seemingly as old as the galaxy itself. Written by frequent Star Wars-author Jason Fry, and an historian going by the pseudonym of Paul R. Urquhart, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare provides a chronological history of armed conflict in the Star Wars universe, detailing the facts and figures, intertwined with the various tales that have been documented by key individuals from the many major battles and campaigns that have taken place. The narrative is interspersed with an abundance of original full-color artwork from renowned Star Wars artists including Tommy Lee Edwards, Jason Palmer and Dave Seeley among others.
Opening with a transcript from Grand Admiral Osvald Teshik at the Battle of Endor as the prologue, the book then moves on to describe events both before and during the times of the Republic, covering such topics as the galaxy's first civilisations and the origins of the Jedi Order.
Wars with the Sith begins with sections on The Great Hyperspace War and then War and the Mandalorians, with subsequent sections further detailing the emerging conflict between the followers of the light and dark side of the Force.
From there, the chapters move into the prequel era and the beginning of The Clone Wars, before focusing on the rise of the Empire from the ashes of the Republic. In fact nearly half of the book is dedicated to Palpatine's New Order, albeit with the latter portion also documenting the birth of the Rebellion and its ultimate overthrowing of the Empire, before reconstituting itself as the New Republic.
The final three chapters of the book deal with the New Jedi Order, incorporating the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, the New Galactic Civil War and Eternal War, which documents the re-establishing of the Sith Order.
Along the way, we are reacquainted with many familiar names, faces, species and events from the likes of The Clone Wars and other sources that have told stories from the continually expanding Star Wars universe, even going as far back as Brian Daley's trio of Han Solo adventures.
Throughout the book, details of numerous warcraft, technologies, personnel, military ranks, strategies, war portraits of key combatants and much, much more are all covered, providing an in-depth look at just how war has been waged throughout history within that galaxy, far, far, away.
At nearly 250 pages long in total, the book provides a wealth of detail that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most-insatiable of fans, particularly since it includes contributions from many members of the online community, among them a number of TFN forumites.