I was very excited to see this book released because one of my favorite aspects of the Star Trek fandom is the plethora of history and back story that the series rest on. The United Federation of Planets and Starfleet have such a long and detailed story and I was really happy there was a book coming out which would encompass all of it. This book is about a hundred and eighty pages, and reads like a school textbook, with lots of information and various pictures. It was a little on the pricey side, especially since I got the special edition version, with the special display stand which has voice activation. But even despite that I am very happy and pleased that I bought it. It is absolutely a perfect purchase for any Star Trek fan.
This book starts out with the beginning of World War III (The Eugenics War) and the result of the actions of Khan Noonien Singh and the others. Following that we learn all about Zefram Cochrane and his First Contact with the Vulcans, the Romulan War, and the establishment of the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet. There is detailed information about various races as well, which include but are not limited to; Vulcans, Klingons, and Andorians. Not only do you learn about the events that surrounded this time period but you really get a feel for the people that were movers of the world. You learn not just about what they accomplished but HOW they accomplished it and why. For example I am completely in awe of Zefram Cochrane and how he changed the world and the universe for that matter, and also Jonathan Archer for all the influence he had on the creation of the prime directive and negotiations between the Vulcans and the Andorians.
This is a fabulous book completely filled with history and facts about the Federation. I would really recommend it to any Trek fan, young or old, since this book has something for everyone! 🙂