George Lucas: A Life
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George Lucas: A Life


The definitive biography of one of the most influential filmmakers ever--George Lucas.

On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining, independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box office records, and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It has become one of the most adored–and successful–movie franchises of all time.

Now, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.

If Star Wars wasn’t game-changing enough, Lucas went on to establish another blockbuster series with Indiana Jones, and he completely transformed the world of special effects and the way movies sound. His innovation and ambition forged Pixar and Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and THX sound.

Here, Lucas’s colleagues and competitors offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. His entire career has been stimulated by innovators including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actors such as Harrison Ford, and the very technologies that enabled the creation of his films–and allowed him to keep tinkering with them long after their original releases. Like his unforgettable characters and stories, his influence is unmatched.

Title:George Lucas: A Life
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:560 pages

    George Lucas: A Life Reviews

  • Dominic
    Jan 07, 2017

    I read Brian Jay Jones' biography of Jim Henson when it first came out and found myself captivated. Jones conveyed Henson's passion for his work and his joie de vivre. When I saw that Jones had writte...

  • Thomas Myers
    Jan 13, 2017

    The fact that it was unofficial means that we only ever get half the picture.The author tries to explore all aspects of Lucas' life, but it feels more like a smorgasbord of events that don't fully en...

  • Eric Gilliland
    Jan 16, 2017

    In the first full length biography of George Lucas to appear in some time, biographer Brian Jay Jones supplies an updated and balanced account of a key figure in creating modern pop culture. Since the...

  • Caleb Hoyer
    Dec 16, 2016

    I am not the hugest George Lucas or Star Wars fan, and yet as soon as I saw this book in the bookstore I had a strong urge to read it. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. This biography is extreme...

  • Jake
    Dec 23, 2016

    Here's something I never thought I'd say: George Lucas is a complicated man. A riddle wrapped in an enigma, wearing a flannel button-down. He's a man blessed with vision but cursed with poor communica...

  • Luke Johnson
    Jan 13, 2017

    Like the vast majority of the people reading this I'm a big Star Wars fan. Look at my name, I never had a choice. I've got to admit I was very impressed with this biography. It begins with the life of...

  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    Dec 04, 2016

    It's no secret that I'm a Star Wars fan and have been since the first moment I watched A New Hope on the big screen. Even as a very young girl, I fell in love with the characters and the story and fol...

  • Mateusz Po?pieszny
    Jan 17, 2017

    Do biografii podchodzę dość opornie. Bardzo często obawiam się o rozwlekanie okresu wczesnego dzieciństwa i rozwoju "bohatera biografii", zanim zaczął choćby realnie projektowaćto za co go z...

  • Ruth Ann
    Jan 19, 2017

    I had to slog through this book, talking myself into reading more...each time I picked this book up.I enjoyed learning about the life and working life of George Lucas - that wasn't the problem. There ...

  • Christopher Shawn
    Jan 01, 2017

    Over the past 30 years, I've digested a lot of biographical information about George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, and countless other ventures. While the ...

About Brian Jay Jones

Brian Jay Jones

Brian Jay Jones is a New York Times bestselling biographer and past-president of Biographers International Organization, the world’s largest organization of practicing biographers. A former policy analyst and adviser in the U.S. Senate, Jones took up biography in 2008, with the publication of his award-winning Washington Irving. His second book, Jim Henson: The Biography was a national bestseller,