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The World According to Star Wars Audiobook

The World According to Star Wars

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"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

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    Steve West Chester, PA, United States 06-16-16
    Steve West Chester, PA, United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "The title says it all"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prince L Bell Jr Chattanooga, TN United States 06-22-16
    Prince L Bell Jr Chattanooga, TN United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I learned so much about Star Wars"

    I loved this book. It taught me a lot of interesting things about Star Wars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sir New Jersey 07-20-17
    sir New Jersey 07-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "it's ok..."

    ...but to the long time Star Wars fans, it will not bring much new to the table.

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    Deborahw 06-04-17
    Deborahw 06-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Some Lawyer Talks About Star Wars"

    That's what this book strikes me as. The author wanted an excuse to talk about Star Wars for several hours. That said, as a life long Star Wars dork myself, that's not necessarily a bad thing, and I enjoyed some of it. He makes some intriguing points on philosophy as it relates to Star Wars, and is fairly knowledgeable and articulate. However, I felt little sense of a cohesive message or theme to the work as a whole, and nothing he said was Earth shattering. There are a lot of tangents, sometimes interesting, and sometimes barely relevant, such as when he talks extensively about law - the author's main field of study.

    This book struck me as the work of a guy who wants the whole world to know his various opinions on Star Wars, and how much it means to him, as opposed to a serious, well-crafted analyis (insofar as one actually can seriously analyze a space opera made for children). I must admit, I chuckled at his repeated, thinly veiled allusions to naive Rey parentage theories, which I suspect will render this book somewhat dated this time in six months.

    If the above interests you, then this work is highly recommend. If not, I recommend How Star Wars Conquered the Universe for a more well-rounded discussion of what Star Wars means to fans, its themes, and its impact on the world.

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    Christopher R Bradshaw Dallas 01-18-17
    Christopher R Bradshaw Dallas 01-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not really with the Force"

    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.

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    Peggy 12-23-16
    Peggy 12-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "I immediately sent this title to all my social work friends!"

    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!

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    JasonInMelbourne Melbourne, Australia 09-21-16
    JasonInMelbourne Melbourne, Australia 09-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Almost anything can be related to Star Wars"

    The author links every day events and issues to Star Wars. Some tenuous, some enlightening.

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    Mike Stavish 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's crap. "

    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJW Chesapeake, VA 08-05-16
    TJW Chesapeake, VA 08-05-16
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    "Truly great."

    A wonderful look into the meanings, motivations, decisions, and unexpected happenings of the Star Wars Saga.

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