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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2003 Fareed Zakaria (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A work of tremendous originality and insight." (Washington Post)
"Thought-provoking and timely." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very thoughtful and intelligent book." (Peter Jennings)
"A provocative critique of political trends fast democratizing the entire globe." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By G Barth on 03-26-04

Superb Survey of Modern Democratic Issues

First, it is a disappointment that Fareed Zakaria doesn't read this--he has an engaging voice. Regardless, this is an important, rich, thoughful and nuanced work. About the best quick preparation for understanding the roots of democracies and republics and the challenges we face on a global scale in making the case for 'our' form of government. Fascinating history, too!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 12-07-05

Great Insight to the U.S. political system

It takes a while to get started but the background is necessary to understanding and appreciate the author's analysis of how the best of intentions to increase freedoms and political participation by more people have not gone as planned. The author offers some insight as to the problems sought to be corrected, what went wrong, and some ideas of what needs to be done. A very good book for those interested in the political processes taking place in America today

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1 out of 5 stars
By fawad on 03-19-16

crap and boring it's a typical marketing gimmicks.

rubbish and bored the life out of me, can't bear to have it on my audible list for any longer. cheerio.

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