Book ‘World According to Star Wars’ connects intergalactic saga to real-life

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Hey there, young Padawan. Today’s your first day toward becoming a Jedi Master.

Not really, but today could be your first day toward becoming a master of all things “Star Wars.” I’m sure you fancy yourself a pro already, but the book “The World According to Star Wars” seeks to teach you more.

Released May 31, the book by New York Times bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein explores the saga’s lessons as they relate to real-life. From parenting to constitutional law, Sunstein dives into the world of “Star Wars” on the deeper level you’ve always longed for.

To read up more on “The World According to Star Wars,” check out this Time review. Below is an excerpt from the book.

Emperor Palpatine is able to rise to power only because of the ceaseless, pointless squabbling of legislative representatives in the Republic. He seizes authority as a direct result of that squabbling. (For some Americans in the twenty-first century, witnessing similar squabbling, that seizure of authority does not lack appeal.) Padme sees the problem: “I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in committee.” So does Anakin: “We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problem, agree what’s in the interest of all the people, and then do it,” Padme wonders: “What if they don’t?” Anakin: “Then they should be made to.”


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