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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343593
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Greenberger (Fairfield, CT) has long worked in the pop culture field including tenures at Starlog Press, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Weekly World News. His most recent works include The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, Spider-Man Vault (co-written with Peter David) and Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics (co-written with Stan Lee). He has over a dozen Star Trek books to his credit in addition to editing the comic book adaptations for eight years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dombo on 30 Jun 2013
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This is the "complete unauthorised history" of the Star Trek franchise, from the 60s to ca 2012. If you like Star Trek, you'll love this book. It covers the drama on the sets and behind the scenes, the fans and their fanzines, conventions, fan-fiction, etc. and the merchandise. Since it is "unauthorised" it couldn't use official photos, but instead there are hundreds of photos of merchandise, conventions, etc. Great read!
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By Georgie on 22 Sep 2014
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I'm not into star trek but I bought this as a Christmas present for my partner and he loved. Very good quality and much cheaper than buying this from local stores around.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
For the Star Trek Fan 17 Nov 2012
By L. J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew that this book was coming for a long time and could hardly wait for it to come out. And my wait was quite worth it. Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History was fascinating (pun not intended) for the average Trek fan like me. While I had already heard some of the stories, there were plenty more that I had never heard, and confirmed what I had suspected: Mr. Roddenberry was a man with a great idea, but he also had his down side and was hard to deal with, especially if your idea ran counter to his.

And I loved the pictures -- I had never dreamed that there were so many different toys and other collectables. I wished I had collected some of those when I was a kid.

Recommended for the Trek fans and anyone who wants to know about show business and the story of a franchise.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive History of the STAR TREK Franchise! 18 Nov 2012
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hardcore STAR TREK fans watching the final episode of the original series on June 3, 1969 felt they were witnessing the end of a dream. Despite the efforts of devoted fans, STAR TREK was no more, crashing and burning after only three years on the air. Yet, 43 years and 11 feature films, five TV series, dozens of ST novels and tons of merchandise later, STAR TREK is stronger than ever. Robert Greenberger, who has penned several ST novels, and Voyageur Press combine talents to present this comprehensive, nicely-illustrated guide to one of the most successful media franchises in history.

Greenberger's book is subtitled THE COMPLETE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY which translates as follows: it's a warts-and-all chronicle to all things STAR TREK. So, readers will discover - if they don't know already - that Gene Roddenberry wasn't all that great of a guy, ditto Bill Shatner, STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE sucked as did VOYAGER, etc. If you're new to the ST world, Greenberger's book will have much material of interest; long-time fans, less so.

Where the "Unauthorized" status most impacts is the illustrations found in the book. The verso of the title page includes the statement that "This publication has not been prepared, approved or licensed by CBS Television Studios, Paramount Pictures or the Roddenberry Estate." So, while the book features tons of pix of ST merchandise, ST convention shots, etc., there are almost NO production shots of any of the TV shows or films. To my mind, that omission hurts big time.

Greenberger runs through the franchise's history chronologically. His first chapter is entitled: 'Gene Roddenberry's Dream;' the last, 'STAR TREK'S Future.' In between are chapters on the original show's three-season run, the animated series, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, the Spock trilogy, Creating THE NEXT GENERATION/DEEP SPACE NINE/VOYAGER/ENTERPRISE, J. J. Abrams' reboot, etc. Greenberger's narrative is entertaining and informative. Included are several sidebars from ST fans and others connected with the franchise such as Michael and Denise Okuda.

So, whether you're a new fan or a crusty-musty baby-boomer who grokked on the original series, STAR TREK, THE COMPLETE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY will be of interest. It's a wide-ranging, affectionate yet critical survey of an entertainment phenomenon. Recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
From a Trekkie's perspective: It was OK. 2 Jan 2013
By Laura Sirikulvadhana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History by Robert Greenberger is a long book. A really long book.

As a Trekkie, I enjoyed it and learned a lot of the behind the scenes of Gene Roddenberry`s life with Star Trek. I've read many books on Star Trek's history and this one gave a lot of detail into the history of how Star Trek was created, Gene's life during the series, all the seasons of The Original Series and the shows following (The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise) and of course - the fans.

STAR TREK HISTORY

It gives a pretty good detail on Roddenberry's vision of Star Trek and how it came to light. Like other Star Trek books, it talked about his pitch to the networks and the success and failures with the series. But this book does discuss the "other" side of Gene Roddenberry. This was the first book I've read that showed Roddenberry's dark side. The other Trek books - unless it was his unauthorized biography - did not discuss Roddenberry's extramarital affairs and conflicts with his crew and colleagues.

The book mainly focuses on The Original Series and smaller chapters regarding the other branches - The Next Generation, Voyager, DS9 and Enterprise. It even mentions a chapter on the reboot by J.J. Abrams - including a small section regarding Star Trek Into Darkness. The book gave light on the difficulties the series had - the cast, crew, writers, producers, etc. A lot of the information has been mentioned in other Trek books and biographies of the cast/crew, but they did have snippets of information that I was not aware of before.

STAR TREK IMAGES

There were a lot of pictures in this book. I felt that it was a bit too much and some seemed misplaced. There was a lot of Star Trek products (from ThinkGeek) that seemed to be placed randomly throughout this book. Also, there were images that weren't related to the chapter as well. I understand they want to show photos and products throughout Trek's history, but it just seemed so random when I am reading about The Next Generation and seeing photos of The Original Series in the article. It's as if they had extra images and just stuck them anywhere there was an opening.

There were images of Star Trek fans that I was excited about. There were several photos of Star Trek convention regulars (two convention friends of mine were in the book - Eric Hall and Luis Valentin) who were shown in the book. I geeked out on behalf of them.

STAR TREK READING

This book was not an easy book to read. There was just so much information squished together and honestly, my eyes hurt a bit. Trust me, I read a lot of books - that is my field, but it just seemed so cluttered. There was just SO much information and they did not format it well to make it easy on the eyes. The side insert stories was a bit difficult to read as well due to the font color contrast to the background.

OVERALL

This book did give a good history lesson of the Trek franchise in general. It mainly focuses on the franchise - the films, TV series, conventions, merchandise and the background of it. There is NO information on the story lines of the characters or the history of the characters. This is mainly a history of how Trek came to be and is. I felt like they compact the information all together and then added a bunch of photos/images everywhere. It's a long read, but the photos are cool. Random, but cool.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Valentine for STAR TREK Fans! 2 Dec 2012
By Howard Weinstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a first-generation fan who loved STAR TREK as a kid, and grew up to be a writer and editor, Bob Greenberger knows STAR TREK's history as well as anybody. But there've already been so many books about STAR TREK -- what could he do that was different?

By tackling an "unauthorized" history of this singular show-biz phenomenon, Bob was free to tell the fascinating truth about the creative people who made STAR TREK in all its incarnations -- and also write a book that is nothing less than a lively and affectionate valentine to the people who've kept STAR TREK soaring for almost 50 years: the fans!

In addition to the fact-filled text, this hefty coffee-table book features rare and colorful graphics and images on almost every page, as Bob and the editors collected photos of all manner of rare artifacts, mementoes and events to tell the story in a whole new fan-oriented way. Bob also gathered sidebar recollections from a variety of people -- including fans-turned-TREK professionals and astronauts inspired by fiction to become real-life space explorers.

All TREK fans are sure to get a nostalgic kick from Bob Greenberger's labor of love. So treat yourself -- or that special geeky someone in your life -- to this STAR TREK treasure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History 14 Feb 2013
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History: By Robert Greenberger

Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History is a dream to a reality, richly illustrated with photos on almost every page. There are the expected photos; cast photos, books and such, but most of the photos in the book are of Star Trek merchandise items and it was enjoyable to look at them all; seeing which ones one has in one's own collection and discovering others that somehow were missed along the way. From stickers and drinking glasses to figures and ship models, there are many examples of the large treasure trove of Star Trek merchandise that has been released over the years. As a first-generation fan who loved STAR TREK as a kid, Bob Greenberger knows STAR Trek's history as well as anybody. But there have been so many books about STAR TREK, what could he do that was different?

This is the first book to combine an authoritative history of the Star Trek franchise--including all six television series and eleven feature films--with anecdotes about the show from those who helped shape it from the outside in: the fans. Star Trek expert Robert Greenberger covers everything from show creator Gene Roddenberry's initial plans for a series combining science-fiction and Western elements, the premiere of the original series in 1966, its cancellation, the franchise's return in an animated series, and its subsequent history on television and film, up to expectations for the 2013 J.J. Abrams film. Along the way, Greenberger analyzes Star Trek's unique cultural impact and tremendous cult following, including the famous (and first ever) save-the-show mail campaign. But this isn't a sugarcoated history; this book chronicles the missteps as well as the achievements of Roddenberry and others behind the franchise. By tackling an "unauthorized" history of this singular show-biz phenomenon, Bob was free to tell the fascinating truth about the creative people who made STAR TREK in all its incarnations, and also write a book that is nothing less than a lively and affectionate valentine to the people who've kept STAR TREK soaring for almost 50 years: the fans!

There are approximately two dozen sidebars provide personal experiences of dedicated Trekkies who influenced or became a part of the franchise. Star Trek fandom is unparalleled in the effects it has had on the franchise itself. The book is illustrated with a large collection of photographs of memorabilia, many of which have never been seen before in print.

Almost half of the book focuses on the original series, including the Animated Series, beginning with Roddenberry's dream and his efforts to get his show on the air. The Next Generation gets the next largest page count, and then the three spin-offs and the new rebooted Star Trek each get roughly a dozen pages to tell their stories. And here is where the book shines - Greenberger has found just the right balance between an "homage" book and a "tell all" book. For example, Gene Roddenberry is shown as a human being, neither fully saint nor fully sinner. Roddenberry's flaws are acknowledged, yet Greenberger doesn't dwell upon them; they are merely presented as part of the package that made up Roddenberry the man.

Greenberger reached out to fans to get their stories and Star Trek fandom is explored, including fanzines, books, magazines and conventions. Many Star Trek authors of today began as fans of the series, and it was fans who began the conventions which thrive to this day. Greenberger agreed with his editor that the "fan element [had] never been properly integrated with a history of the franchise," and he sought to remedy that lack of attention, beginning with the foreword by Thomas D. Jones. Although the book is an unauthorized history, that has benefits, as author Greenberger was able to get the "real stories" about various incidents as opposed to sanitized versions. There are stories in Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History that were new to this reviewer, a fan since the 1960's. A whole crowd used to tune in and watch this episodic adventure at college. It was a ritual.

One group of fans who suffered from a lack of attention however in Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History was the Star Trek online community. It was rather surprising that this modern-day virtual convention of fans got so little notice as online fandom is an important part of the continuing Star Trek fan experience.

In addition to the fact-filled text, this hefty coffee-table book features rare and colorful graphics and images on almost every page, as Bob and the editors collected photos of all manner of rare artifacts, mementos and events to tell the story in a whole new fan-oriented way. Bob also gathered sidebar recollections from a variety of people, including fans-turned-TREK professionals and astronauts inspired by fiction to become real-life space explorers.

All trek fans are sure to get a nostalgic kick from Bob Greenberger's labor of love. So treat yourself. or that special geeky someone in your life, to this star trek treasure. For fans of any of the Star Trek series, but especially those of the original series or The Next Generation, or for new fans brought in via the new Star Trek movies who are wondering what went before Abrams-Trek, this is a splendid book to have in one's collection. The book finishes up with Star Trek`s place in history, and the future of Star Trek.

There is a complete acknowledgments page, bibliography, index, and about the author rounding off the finish to this book. There is a wealth of knowledge within the pages of this book that you will not find in other publications. The book makes a good read and you will learn something about Star Trek that you didn't know before.
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