I loved Chris Taylor’s wonderful How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise. It’s an excellent book about … here, just read my Goodreads review from last December:
To those who can’t wait until the release of Episode VII: this is the book you’ve been looking for. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe is a well-researched look at how Star Wars came to cast its shadow over American, and eventually international, culture. Taylor is a reverential yet uncompromising fan while dealing with every aspect of George Lucas’ (now Disney’s) hallowed franchise.
I was hooked from the beginning as Taylor does a fine job of capturing the wonder and excitement of 1977. It’s this balance between being a fan and a reporter that makes this such a terrific read for fans and non-fans alike. For the die-hards, most of the material covers familiar ground, but Taylor keeps things fresh by writing in an easy and engaging manner. He covers the phenomenon of the original trilogy to the misfirings of the prequels, from the films themselves to their merchandising and the impact they’ve had throughout the years. It seems like Star Wars has found its way into every part of the human experience, including books that document this phenomenon.