"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.
As a fan of Star Wars, I found too many moments where it was wrong in relation to quotes or descriptions. This tead like his world with Star Wars references.
I've said to many people over the years that it was Star Wars that made me want to be a social worker... nobody ever understood. But this book explains it perfectly. All people have light in them, human behavior can always be understood, and we have have the right to self- determination. Loved every minute!
The author links every day events and issues to Star Wars. Some tenuous, some enlightening.
"The world according to d-bag with star wars metaphors" is more like it. It feels like a very immature or "fanboy" understanding of the story and an amateurish attempt to analyze a cultural phenomenon. I had to rate low on performance too because he quotes lines from the story and can't even say them with the same inflections that the actors said them. I don't feel like I'm being picky, but if you don't say it right that you're saying it wrong.
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