In Defense of a Liberal Education

  • by Fareed Zakaria
  • Narrated by Fareed Zakaria
  • 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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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I can almost agree with all that Fareed had to say. I myself did not graduate from high school. And I have a great life today at the age of sixty one. I've made a lot of mistakes but I learned from everyone of them. When I started out at the age of 12 I new that the most important thing was too make as much money as you can, and always learn as much as you can from everything that you do.
And I'm still learning every day! This is how life should be. Enjoying every moment of what you make of it. And if you screw up you can always try something else!!

Howard Hackney
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- Howard

Short, but engaging and persuading

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I enjoyed this book. It was short, very easy to understand, and noted some academic studies to support his hypothesis. An engaging argument to support those that choose to follow a liberal arts education.

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- Joe Freiburger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio