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

  • 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...

  • Louise
    Jun 17, 2017

    In the 1960’s the studio system with stars under contract was essentially gone, but the studio attitude and culture were still alive. Film executives were stunned by the success of “Easy Rider” ...

  • 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...

  • Ricky
    Jan 26, 2017

    This book was a good exploration of George Lucas life and career. Most of the book dealt with his Star Wars era since that makes the bulk of his story. Some times used to cover Indiana Jones and other...

  • W. Whalin
    Feb 27, 2017

    Fascinating Insights Into the Life of George LucasWell-written biographies are revealing and filled with valuable lessons for the reader. Brian Jay Jones has crafted an excellent biography GEORGE LUCA...

  • Cindy
    Apr 17, 2017

    Fascinating book and one of the best biographies I've read lately. It is well written and pulls no punches. George Lucas is a complicated man and, whether you love him or not, there's no denying his p...

  • Jack Gattanella
    Feb 03, 2017

    "I love cinema. All kinds... no matter how big, no matter how small. I love to watch them. I love to make them. But if I didn't have anyone to enjoy them or appreciate them, there wouldn't be any poin...

  • Liz Dee
    Apr 08, 2017

    This was really eye opening. I didn't even know that George Lucas had other movies! I'm interested in seeing American Graffiti and re-watching the Indiana Jones movies. The man sounds like a very comp...

  • Adam Christian Smith
    Apr 12, 2017

    Ah, the life of being a creator. Very interesting read. ...

  • Mary
    Feb 02, 2017

    So cool to read about all that he accomplished, this strange little man. Brilliant and groundbreaking in his work....

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,