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Secrets of the Force

Secrets of the Force

The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars

Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman

St. Martin's Press

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From the authors of The Fifty-Year Mission and So Say We All, comes the first and only comprehensive oral history of the Star Wars movie franchise.

For the past four decades, no film saga has touched the world in the way that Star Wars has, capturing the imaginations of filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Now, for the first time ever, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman, the bestselling authors of The Fifty-Year Mission, are telling the entire story of this blockbuster franchise from the very beginning in a single exhaustive volume. Featuring the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film historians, toy experts and many more, Secrets of the Force, will reveal all in Altman and Gross’s critically acclaimed oral history format from the birth of the original film through the latest sequels and the new televisions series.

Part One

A STAR (WARS) IS BORN


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LAUNCH BAY ’77

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.”


1977. The year that Damnation Alley changed cinema forever.

Not quite....

Praise for Secrets of the Force

"A trove for hardcore fans. If you’re obsessive about the films, there’s no end to the fun." —Kirkus Reviews

"In an engrossing oral history, creatives from the Star Wars franchise discuss their experiences in bringing the groundbreaking saga to the screen." —Shelf Awareness

"The definitive origin story." —New York Daily News

“Secrets of the Force is meticulous, detailed and utterly fascinating.” —The Nerd Daily Review

“...you cannot call yourself a Star Wars fan and not own Secrets of the Force. Secrets of the Force is a must-own for your Star Wars Collection!” —Solzy at the Movies

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Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman

EDWARD GROSS has an extensive history covering film and television as a member of the editorial staff of a wide variety of magazines, including Cinescape, Starlog, Cinefantastique, SFX, Movie Magic, Sci-Fi Now and Geek. He has written or co-written over three dozen non-fiction books.

MARK A. ALTMAN is a television showrunner and motion picture writer/producer who is executive producer of the hit sci-fi series, Pandora. Previously he served as Co- Executive Producer of The Librarians, Agent X, Castle and Necessary Roughness among others. His first motion picture was the award winning, Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack, which he wrote and produced and for which he won the WGA Award for Best New Writer.

In 2019, Altman launched the Electric Surge video podcast network with producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Stargate) which produces numerous podcasts spotlighting pop culture topics with notable experts in their field. The video podcasts which include The 4:30 Movie and Inglorious Treksperts, which he co-hosts, along with Best Movies Never Made as well as several others is also available on the streaming OTT platform, Electric Now, as well as through traditional podcast providers.

His bestselling two-volume book series with Edward Gross, The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Oral History of Star Trek, was released by St. Martin’s Press in 2016 in hardcover to unanimous critical acclaim including raves in The Wall Street Journal, Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Their oral history of the James Bond films, Nobody Does It Better, was released in 2020.

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