George Lucas has made himself one of the most important figures in the history of film-making. His production company, Lucasfilm, is phenomenally successful, and his Industrial Light and Magic is the finest special effects studio in the world. Yet, for all his achievements, Lucas remains an elusive, almost anonymous figure. Now John Baxter sheds new light on the originator of the "New Hollywood", tracing his small-town origins in Modesto, California and his subsequent phenomenal success with 'Star Wars', its successors and the three "Indiana Jones" films. John Baxter has compiled the most complete portrait to date of a man who has done as much to shape popular culture as anyone alive.