The World According to Star Wars

The World According to Star Wars

Book - 2016
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An enlightening and surprisingly personal tour of a galaxy...Sunsteinoffers plenty of fun details and opinions. Washington Post

There s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there s Star Wars. Nothing quite compares to sitting down with a young child and hearing the sound of John Williams s score as those beloved golden letters fill the screen. In this fun, erudite, and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings.

In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

Praise for The World According to Star Wars

Star Wars is the ultimate mythological tale of our age, a hero s journey that is a tribute to the beauty of human freedom as well as an exploration of its dark complexities. In this gem of a book, the brilliant Cass Sunstein uses the series to explore profound questions about being a parent, a child, and a human. It will change the way you think about your own journey, and it might even make you pick up the phone and call your dad. Walter Isaacson

Irresistibly charming, acclaimed legal scholar Sunstein writes partly as a rigorous academic and partly as a helpless fanboy as he explores our fascination with Star Wars and what the series can teach us about the law, behavioral economics, history, and even fatherhood. This book is fun, brilliant, and deeply original. Lee Child

For anyone who loves the movies, or loves to think about how the world works, or simply loves their father, this book will provoke and inspire. Duncan Watts"

Publisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, c2016
ISBN: 9780062484222
Branch Call Number: 791.437 Suns
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 19 cm


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Dec 03, 2016

Although I am a longtime fan of Star Wars, I found this book to be overblown, scattered and disappointing. I think the author is reading too much into Star Wars.
The most interesting chapter (for me) was "Rebels: Why Empires Fall, Resistance Fighters (and Terrorists) Rise." This book was published in 2016, but well before the November election. I read it after the election. In this chapter the author talks about "group polarization" and social influences. The discussion of the "cascade effect" (people hear other people's opinions about a topic, and they adopt those opinions sometimes without even realizing it). The author notes that sparking "favorable cascades" is crucial to winning an election. He cites Obama's campaign as one sparking favorable cascades, and Scott Walker's run as sparking unfavorable cascades. I could not help but think that we now have more recent examples of both.
I bet there are better books about Star Wars out there.

Radharc Nov 29, 2016

A rather light read, considering the grandiose level it wants to be - it really came across as reading a transcript of a TED talk. Apart from that, I found the book to be quite entertaining and enlightening, all things considered. There are a few errors concerning the saga (such as movie release dates, etc.) but these really don't detract from the book, overall.


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