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World According to Star Wars

Cass R. Sunstein

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Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US
25 July 2016
Films, movies & cinema; Science fiction; Society & Social Sciences; Humour; Star Wars Novels; Star Wars Reference
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 The New York Times andWashington Post bestseller, fully revised and updated.

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.
By:   Cass R. Sunstein
Imprint:   Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 184mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9780062484222
ISBN 10:   0062484222
Series:   Star Wars
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   25 July 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for World According to Star Wars

In this gem of a book, Cass Sunstein uses the Star Wars 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, 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, even fatherhood. This book is fun, brilliant, and deeply original. -- Lee Child In this remarkable, book Sunstein manages to connect invisible gorillas, hit songs, conspiracy theories, and constitutional law. For anyone who loves the movies, or loves to think about how the world works, or simply loves their father The World According to Star Wars will provoke and inspire. -- Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and author of Everything is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer) Smart and interesting. -- Kirkus Reviews A light and breezy read filled with beautiful and funny anecdotes...worth the price of admission. -- Allen Voivod, Star Wars 7x7 Podcast By looking both inside the Star Wars universe and at its consequences for our own world, Sunstein provides new insights into a series we love. -- Slate


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