"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)
A deeply original celebration of George Lucas' masterpiece as it relates to history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture by a Harvard legal scholar and former White House advisor.
There's Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, and 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' 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 what it has to say about why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about the 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 new light on the most beloved story of our time.
©2016 Cass R. Sunstein (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I loved this book. It taught me a lot of interesting things about Star Wars!
A terrific short listen -- even for those of us who merely "like" the Star Wars movies. It is indeed a wide-ranging look at the world through a Star Wars lens, and I can imagine those who love the series will enjoy the book even more than I did.
At times it's fun and light (Sunstein has a surprisingly good sense of humor for a regulatory czar!), and at times it's quite serious and thought-provoking. The chapter on fatherhood was particularly insightful.
The author links every day events and issues to Star Wars. Some tenuous, some enlightening.
Lot's of things bothered me about this book. He couldn't seem to stay on point and discuss how Star Wars is a reflection of our times. It was a lot more of the author blabbing on about Star Wars in general, then various topics, with only tangential or superficial relation to Star Wars.
Sunstein is apparently a professor of law or consumer behavior or something, and the segments on that stuff shows it. He's is quite devoid of any understanding of pop culture however.
The narration was okay for the most part, but if you're going to quote an iconic movie then you need to quote it the way it was said. "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." It has a very specific tone and attitude that the narrator missed more than once, for example.
Disappointment, indeed. A guy I know recommended it. He's big into history, but apparently a moron when it comes to pop culture.
I'm hoping I can get my book credit back.
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