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Author: Fareed Zakaria Narrator: Fareed Zakaria Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442389779

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New York Times bestselling author of The Post-American World and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS argues for a renewed commitment to the world’s most valuable educational traditions in this fascinating audiobook.

The liberal arts educational system is under attack. Governors in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina have announced that they will not spend taxpayer money subsidizing the liberal arts. Majors like English and History—which were once very popular and highly respected—are in steep decline and President Obama has recently advised students to keep in mind that technical training could be more valuable than a degree in art history, when deciding on an educational path.

In this timely and urgently needed audiobook Fareed Zakaria explains that this turn away from the liberal arts is a mistake. A liberal education provides the foundation for finding your voice, writing, speaking your mind, and ultimately, learning—all immensely valuable skills no matter your profession. Technology and globalization are making these skills even more valuable and necessary as routine mechanical and even computing tasks can be done by machines. More than just a path to a career, Zakaria argues that a liberal education is an exercise in freedom and above all, it feeds the most basic urge of the human spirit—to know.

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  • “In Defense of a Liberal Education brilliantly and provocatively argues that the university is much more than a vocational school. The flight from the liberal arts is leaving us impoverished. Zakaria’s book couldn’t have come at a more valuable moment.”

    - Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Deft and persuasive…Zakaria brings the reader swiftly and surely through the noble history of the liberal education ideal and describes with alarm how it is buckling under pressure from rising college tuition and students who are understandably concerned about acquiring marketable skills…His book is an accessible, necessary defense of an idea under siege.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A passionate appeal, for Americans in particular and the world at large, to rethink the benefits of a well-rounded, general education.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Narrating his own work…[Zakaria] provides the listeners with a personal connection to the topic as well as factual reports defending the liberal arts. The author’s tone is unafraid as he expresses great concern about the changes currently taking place in American education. An intellectual urgency comes across in his detailed account of coming to the United States from India and his discussion of American youth and how they respond to education. This listening experience is both thought provoking and bold.”

    - AudioFile

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About the Author

Fareed Zakaria is editor-at-large of Time, a Washington Post columnist, a New York Times bestselling author, and host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPSHe received a BA from Yale and a PhD from Harvard. He lives in New York City.