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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fareed Zakaria Narrator: Ned Schmidtk Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Dimitri | 1/20/2014

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

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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.