(the pre-release thread:
Only about half way (just finished the Carbon Freezing Chamber chapter), but agree it's more comprehensive then anything out there.
Although it's nice to have the book, wish more that they would just release the raw documents on starwars.com, let the fans process the info. Finding that while reading, wishing the full documentation was there. Understand that's not the objective of the book, they've got a page limit and font size to adhere to. But digital media allows for additional info. Even if it was on a Kindle would like to know the source for each quote. Have read people's comments that quotes which appear back to back could be 20 years apart. Understanding when things were said is a factor in this kind of book. So maybe a few years after the Jedi book, LFL will make some online fan club or SW Research Society where people could hear the Arnold tapes or see the early story meeting transcripts.
Personally, amazed to see how much they accomplished in 3 short years.
Some new perspectives in the book which I hadn't come across elsewhere. For instance after repeated bickering on the Battlestar Galactica front, (hey we're doing a snow planet!) seemed that eventually it came down to getting their equipment back more then the concept similarities. But conversely, found it funny that in the early days of setting up the corporation, they had the secretary answer fan mail and distributing cease & desists.
Maybe there's more Prowse in the second half, but just read the 'i've got a book' story and he seems to be sizing up the situation and attempting to interject something to alleviate everyone's stress at his own detriment. Also with Carrie Fisher's current revelations of non-work extracurriculars trying to piece that into this book, but realize that who knows what other issues haven't surfaced since everyone is waiting for the person with the issue to reveal it when they chose to.
On Brackett, there's some aspect of her work they were trying to inject into the project and maybe it's there, but it's not acknowledged what that is. But her script as they point out was a fairly straight forward interpretation of the story meeting. Sure much of the wording was off/not-SWarsy but a lot of that seems cosmetic. Especially as you continue reading and Rinzler lays out how each player who was brought on board manipulated the story. GL's idea, Bracket script, GL script, Kazdan script, Kershner on set changes, all the way down to the actors were all molding the story. ESB comes across as one of the most collaborative of efforts. That's what i'm taking away from this book.
I'll second that the Jedi book will be an interesting look into Marquand. Recently re-saw an interview he did where Marquand talks about the difference between him and Kershner. And i'm not sure if he's kidding or serious, but his comments seem off. This ESB relied heavily on the Arnold book and the Peecher book is a backbone to hang the RotJ book on, so it seems like a no-brainer.