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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fareed Zakaria Narrator: Ned Schmidtke Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455180387
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More democracy means more freedom. Or does it?

American democracy is, in many people’s minds, the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve, institutions that fundamentally shape our lives, are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled, no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom.

Abroad, the spread of democracy has not produced a corresponding growth of liberty. We are seeing in many parts of the world, a strange creature—the elected autocrat. Zakaria calls for a restoration of the balance between liberty and democracy and shows how liberal democracy has to be made effective and relevant for our times.

A modern classic that uses historical analysis to shed light on the present, The Future of Freedom enjoyed extended stays on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller lists and has been translated into eighteen languages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very thoughtful and intelligent book that is important for all Americans and for those who would make American policy.”

    Peter Jennings

  • “Zakaria provides a much-needed intellectual framework for many current foreign policy dilemmas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provocative…Ned Schmidtke’s fine reading is even-paced and clear and fits well with the material.”

    AudioFile

  • “Exposes the down side of democracy, i.e., the assumption that what’s popular is right.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2014

    " Democracy is no good without liberty, that is, liberal institions. Democratizing political processes can (and in the U.S. has) lead to control by special interests with politicians pandering for votes rather than getting the work done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 2/12/2014

    " Fareed has always been a serious thinker and this book, a few years old now, just proves it. Democracy, by itself, isn't sufficient for freedom. It needs a free press, a free economy and a level of citizen comprehension that we are rapidly losing. After all, there is "democracy" in Russia and Venezuela. We're in trouble in the United States from an electoral system drowning in money. Good history, well-thought-out points, and time hasn't dulled the insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/30/2014

    " Mind blowing take on democracy and contemporary politics. Everyone should be required to read this, especially if their last name is Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimitri | 1/20/2014

    " Need wealth before you can get democracy. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry Czerak | 12/24/2013

    " Zakaria is the bright columnist and political analyst from Newsweek and ABC News. What you think of this book will likely depend on your political views, but it's thoughtful and interesting like everything he writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Miller | 12/17/2013

    " Very interesting point of view from a good journalistic writer-Fareed Zakaria "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 12/16/2013

    " Very pro-elitism (and kind of pro-autocrat) but an interesting counterpoint to most conventional wisdom about the virtues of democracy. I'm a little skeptical about the 'abroad' section, but I found the domestic part quite compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly Callahan | 10/20/2013

    " required summer reading by many AP teachers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis Duncan | 10/18/2013

    " Though this is a bit out-dated, Zakaria raises good points about how we in America have let democracy become diluted. I don't agree with his praise of capitalism, however. I still see it as anti-democracy and, well, evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malini | 4/29/2013

    " Zakaria's writing is clear, concise, almost over-simplified, so the insights that emerge are all the more remarkable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 3/12/2013

    " I fear I don't know enough about politics and globalism and international relations to be an informed reviewer of this book. Instead, I'll tell you that I really liked it. Plus Zakaria is Jon Stewart's boyfriend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayla | 1/3/2013

    " This book put Fareed Zakaria in my all time favorite list of authors. However, his successive book, wasn't as interesting as this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/21/2012

    " All Americans should read this, we all take our freedoms for granted. This was a good, "make you think" kinda book. I didn't think I would like it because its labeled as a "Political Science" book, but it was highly engrossing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre | 9/23/2012

    " didn't like quite as much as the post-american world but still interesting, informative, thought-provoking. this one felt a bit repetitive and i learned a bit less than i did from his other book. still highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conor | 1/28/2012

    " Very interesting. Thought provoking. Really opened my eyes to how flawed our system is. I don't know if I agree with everything Zakaria argues though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/21/2012

    " very worrying thesis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Armand | 10/15/2011

    " Fareed Zakaria is the real deal. Possibly the smartest mainstream pundit in world affairs today. Read this book as a companion to The Federalist Papers. Zakaria is provocative in the best sense of the word; he provokes deeper thinking about the world around us without being controversial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernie | 9/11/2011

    " Very interesting read so far. Articulates and brings together many ideas that were fragmented thoughts for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Byrnes | 9/8/2011

    " This is a must read. Although Zakaria seems a bit too enamored for my taste with ruling elites, he makes a stark distinction between the increase in democracy and an increase in freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emiliano Orencia | 8/2/2011

    " Always loved his insight on "This Week". Very objective and analytical writer - his perspectives always give a sense of original thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athman | 5/12/2011

    " A reality check on America's position in the global world of the 21st century! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 4/12/2011

    " if you want to prepare your children for the future this book (or listen to the audio CD on a long trip)is a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/7/2011

    " Nothing too surprising if you pay attention to the news and ask "so what?" a whole lot.

    That said, he has some very interesting views, and for people who don't absorb media all day, may of his stories will be shocking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 3/31/2011

    " Brilliant writing and analysis of the global economy from a brilliant but down to earth author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pratap | 3/8/2011

    " The beginning was interesting enough but it became repetitive and boring after a while. I couldn't finish the book... and that's never a good sign (for the book) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/12/2011

    " Zakaria lays out the current international reality as clearly as any other analyst I have read. If you want to understand the world as it is and as it will be, this is the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/8/2011

    " Sadly, but not surprisingly, this book already seems a bit outdated, given everything happening in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East. Still, this is a well-written and sobering book about the trend of the world away from U.S. hegemony. We'd better get used to it! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Ned Schmidtke has played leading roles on Broadway, on national tours, and at dozens of regional theaters in the United States and Canada. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to work in theater, film, and television.