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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fareed Zakaria Narrator: Fareed Zakaria Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781442389779
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CNN host and bestselling author Fareed Zakaria argues for a renewed commitment to the world’s most valuable educational tradition.

The liberal arts are under attack. The governors of Texas, Florida, and North Carolina have announced that they will not spend taxpayer money subsidizing the liberal arts. Majors like English, once very popular and highly respected, are in steep decline. President Obama recently urged students to keep in mind that technical training could be more valuable than a degree in art history.

In this urgently needed book, Fareed Zakaria argues that this turn away from the liberal arts is a mistake. A liberal education teaches you how to write, how to speak your mind, and how to learn—immensely valuable tools no matter your profession. Technology and globalization are actually making these skills even more valuable as routine mechanical and even computing tasks can be done by machines or workers in low-wage countries. More than just a path to a career, a liberal education is an exercise in freedom. Above all, it is an expression of the most basic urge of the human spirit—to know.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”


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About the Author
Author Fareed Zakaria

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.