The World According to Star Wars

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HarperCollins, May 31, 2016 - Social Science - 200 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - BenKline - LibraryThing

There is some interesting essays in this collection. Nothing spectacularly noteworthy, but nothing really cringe-worthy / horribly written / "stupid". I will say the author's voice comes through ... Read full review

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STAR WARS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An exploration of how Star Wars "illuminates childhood, the complicated relationship between good and evil, rebellions, political change, and constitutional law."Sunstein (Conspiracy Theories and ... Read full review

Contents

DEDICATION
THE MOVIE NO ONE LIKED An Expected Flop Becomes
THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT STAR WARS
FATHERS AND SONS You Can Be Redeemed Especially If Your
CONSTITUTIONAL EPISODES Free Speech Sex Equality
OUR MYTH OURSELVES Why Star Wars Gets to
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, where he is founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. He is the most cited law professor in the United States and probably the world. He has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. His many books include the bestseller Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler), Simpler: The Future of Government, and Republic.com. A frequent adviser to governments all over the world and a columnist for Bloomberg View, he is married to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.

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