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Sintesi dell'editore

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

"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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • G Barth
  • 26/03/2004

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!

25 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 07/12/2005

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

5 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bruce
  • 05/05/2005

Excellent review of democracy and liberty

I won't bother to summarize. Listen to the book. I can't believe some of the other reviewers actually listened to this book. The author is very careful to define democracy and republic, and to distinguish between the different types of democracies. He emphasizes how constitutional safeguards to liberty are essential, and how "too much" democracy can undermine these. But don't rely on my feeble attempts to describe it. Listen to it. You'll be glad you did.

9 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Henry G. Nadeau
  • 19/01/2021

A bit dated now but.....

A bit dated now but fantastic background and primer to a very broad subject. I would heartily suggest to anyone

2 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ramiro Sanchez
  • 11/09/2020

A well-explained uncomfortable but hopeful truth

It is impossible to understand our present without reviewing our past. The history of freedom and democracy has so many interlaced edges but Fareed Zakaria’s description tells a story of the everlasting (in)balance between human’s self satisfaction and social respect.

Ned Schmidtke delivers a flawless telling, made me feel it was a personal chat with a wide, experienced thought leader.

I believe that anyone who would like to undertake our quick-changing world and share an educated opinion should read this book.

In addition to just understanding our present, this book is also helpful to foresee political and economic scenarios in your own country so that you can identify and assess what you need to be free and having a quality of life despite local democracy.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael C
  • 15/06/2020

Fantastic history and analysis!

I learned so much! Should be required reading for all potential congressional candidates and legislators!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 02/10/2014

FREEDOM IN DEMOCRACY

Fareed Zakaria published “The Future of Freedom” in 2003; a lot has happened since then. However, this Indian born, Yale and Harvard educated government policy wonk has written an interesting treatise on a glaring weakness of democracy that continues to resonate in 2014.

Zakaria believes the ideal of democracy, rule by the people with one-person-one-vote, distorts the founding principles of the original framers of the American Constitution. His compelling argument is that an unexpected consequence of sunshine, sunset, initiative referendum, and election campaign laws have changed the way elected officials represent their constituency by allowing lobbyists, population poling, and campaign financing, rather than individual conscience, determine legislative decision.

Opinion-poll-decision-making, and election financing are distorting the original framer's intent for government to be a representative balance of powers with three distinct branches that deliberatively guide legislative action. Democracy is in danger of dissolving into a chaos of unpredictability and dysfunction because our Republic has become too democratic.

Zakaria touches the themes of many books that have been critiqued in previous book reviews; i.e. beginning with an essay on the fiction of Charlotte Bronte in “A Woman of Substance”, 7/16/2011 and non –fiction reviews titled “Capitalism” (10/1/2011), “Occupy Wall Street” (11/2/2011), and "Wake up America".

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • 28/11/2012

Great Book... Terrible Narrator

What did you love best about The Future of Freedom?

Great arguements. Very relevant to the disfunction we are seeing today in many democracies. Very engaging style of writing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ned Schmidtke’s performances?

Definitely not. Worst narrator I have ever heard. Could not even pronounce the author's name. Got several place names very wrong (such as Mumbai) and the occasional word too. Worst was IRA (the retirement plan)... "Ira [Hayes]". I listened to the book

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kelly
  • 02/05/2004

The Future of Freedom

This was an excellent study of what liberty is really about. Democracy does not ensure liberty and the author outlines the necessary elements to a successful LIBERAL Democracy.

3 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Drayton
  • 25/04/2004

Excellent Audio Book

This book ties-in so well with current events. Although the US attempt to create a democratic government in Iraq is not specifically covered, this book will definitely help clarify the challenges the US faces in attempting to create a "democratic Iraq". Of course, many other "current events" topics will come to mind as you listen to this fascinating book.

Excellent narrator... very interesting topics... I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Generale
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  • fawad
  • 19/03/2016

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.