Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force is an entry in the Essential Guide series of books, covering aspects of the Force. It is written by Ryder Windham and was released on November 27, 2007. It was the first Essential Guide to contain original material (as opposed to a revised and updated version of a previous book) since the original Alien Species guide in 2001.
As with both Alien Species guides, The New Essential Chronology and the Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide, this book "exists" also as an in-universe publication, written by Tionne Solusar.
The Ultimate Guide to the Absolute Power at the Heart of the Star Wars Galaxy
The Force, in the immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, "surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together." The fortunate few who are able to tap into this extraordinary power have studied and cultivated the full spectrum of its potential - either embracing its virtuous qualities or succumbing to its evil temptations. The Jedi seek to bring peace and englightenment to the galaxy, while the Sith hunger only for conquest and control.
This comprehensive one-of-a-kind overview chronicles the known history of the Force and its wielders down through the ages, from the founding tenents of Jedi and Sith teachings to the landmark events and legendary figures that have shaped the struggle between the light and dark sides. In firsthand accounts by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, Darth Bane, Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Emperor Palpatine, and a host of other Jedi Masters, Sith Lords, scholars and sages, Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force spans the breadth of available knowledge, including
The first recorded discovery of the Force
Significant battles affected by the Force throughout galactic history
The purpose, construction, and importance of Holocrons
The evolution of the Jedi and Sith orders
Force sensitive abilities - including battle meditation, telekinesis and "mind tricks"
A vivid portrayal of the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker
PLUS - More than one hundred brand-new full color illustrations!
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