The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

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“With elegance and insight, Fareed Zakaria sets forth for our times a fundamental truth previously articulated by Aristotle and Tocqueville:  unregulated democracy undermines liberty and the rule of law. The Future of Freedom is one of the most important books on global political trends to appear in the past decade.  Its sobering analysis has vital lessons for all of us concerned with freedom’s future in the world.” –Samuel Huntington

“Fareed Zakaria covers an immense amount of ground in this eloquent examination of the varieties of freedom and democracy. Mastering the nuances of every corner of the world, discussing the critical (and virtually unexamined) problem of “illiberal democracy,” analyzing what he correctly calls “the Great Exception” of Islam, Zakaria forces us to think in new ways about values that Americans take for granted.” –Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

“Fareed Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom is a learned, tough minded, and intellectually courageous warning that easy bromides about democracy, if taken as a literal guide to policy, could make the world a more dangerous and less pleasant place. At a moment when Washington is full of hopeful talk about bringing democracy to the Middle East, Zakaria’s book should start a sorely needed discussion about how to balance the hope of bringing more freedom to the region with the risk of further empowering radical Islam.” –Nicholas Lemann

“At once fascinating and illuminating.” –Bernard Lewis

“In this incisive book, Fareed Zakaria asks searching questions and offers provocative answers. The Future of Freedom is an impressive contribution to our understanding of the crises of democracy that lie darkly ahead.” –Arthur Schlesinger

“This is a very thoughtful and intelligent book which is important for all Americans and those who would make American policy. After all, what is more important than the real meaning of freedom and democracy? The book could not appear at a more appropriate time.” –Peter Jennings

“A work of tremendous originality and insight. … Makes you see the world differently.”-Washington Post

A modern classic that uses historical analysis to shed light on the present, The Future of Freedom is, as the Chicago Tribune put it, “essential reading for anyone worried about the promotion and preservation of liberty.” Hailed by the New York Times as “brave and ambitious…updated Tocqueville,” it enjoyed extended stays on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller lists and has been translated into eighteen languages. Prescient in laying out the distinction between democracy and liberty, the book now contains a new afterword on the United States’s occupation of Iraq.

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