Moments before the start of the Battle of Yavin.

Matt Cavanaugh was caught in a holding pattern, as it goes for American military personnel leaving a place like South Korea. He had spent most of 2015 and some of 2016 away from his wife and two young daughters, and he had to wait a few more days before finally returning home to Manitou Springs.

"You're just in a crummy hotel room doing nothing," he says.

So the time was perfect to delve into a new project that had come to mind over the past year: a book comparing modern war with "Star Wars."

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