(New York, NY; November 17, 2015) – Dey Street Books, an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, has acquired World English rights to a book on Star Wars and its lessons for culture, business, politics, and history by Cass Sunstein, renowned Harvard professor and former White House “regulatory czar.” The deal was negotiated by Julia Cheiffetz, Executive Editor at Dey Street Books, and Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency. The book is scheduled for May 2016.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STAR WARS is an exploration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to the arc of history, rebellions, politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture. Sunstein will demonstrate that the Star Wars series is all about serendipity and freedom — about the clouded nature of the future, the dismal failures of plans, and the inevitability, in our lives and our society, of “I am your father” moments, which cast a new light on everything that has gone before. Sunstein will illustrate this theme by reference to large and unanticipated movements in our culture, our law, our business, and our politics (including presidential elections) — and to the surprising genesis and unanticipated success of Star Wars itself. “Impossible to see, the future is,” says Yoda; this is the secret theme of Star Wars and the foundation of its rousing tribute to human freedom.
Cheiffetz says, “Cass is a deeply original thinker who is able to animate big ideas with real world examples. His passion is absolutely infectious. We’re thrilled to publish him.”
Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, where he is founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. A columnist for Bloomberg View, a frequent witness before Congress, and an informal adviser to many public officials in national, state, and local governments, he has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and as an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice. His many books include the bestseller Nudge (with Richard H. Thaler), Simpler: The Future of Government, and Republic.com. He is the most cited law professor in the world. He is married to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.
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