What Was Liberalism? by James Traub audiobook

What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea

By James Traub
Read by L. J. Ganser

Basic Books 9781541616844
8.45 Hours Unabridged
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A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company: the leaders of Italy, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, among others, are also avowed illiberals. What happened? Why did liberalism lose the support it once enjoyed? In What Was Liberalism?, James Traub returns to the origins of liberalism, in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions and in the works of such great thinkers as John Stuart Mill and Isaiah Berlin. Although the first liberals were deeply skeptical of majority rule, the liberal faith adapted, coming to encompass belief in not only individual rights and free markets, but also state action to provide basic goods. By the second half of the twentieth century, liberalism had become the national creed of the most powerful country in the world. But this consensus did not last. Liberalism is now widely regarded as an antiquated doctrine. What Was LIberalism? reviews the evolution of the liberal idea over more than two centuries for lessons on how it can rebuild its majoritarian foundations.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future


Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company: the leaders of Italy, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, among others, are also avowed illiberals. What happened? Why did liberalism lose the support it once enjoyed? In What Was Liberalism?, James Traub returns to the origins of liberalism, in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions and in the works of such great thinkers as John Stuart Mill and Isaiah Berlin.


Although the first liberals were deeply skeptical of majority rule, the liberal faith adapted, coming to encompass belief in not only individual rights and free markets, but also state action to provide basic goods. By the second half of the twentieth century, liberalism had become the national creed of the most powerful country in the world. But this consensus did not last. Liberalism is now widely regarded as an antiquated doctrine. What Was LIberalism? reviews the evolution of the liberal idea over more than two centuries for lessons on how it can rebuild its majoritarian foundations.


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Editorial Reviews

“This muscular political history contends that liberalism, which has evolved over the years, must change once again to incorporate a new, positive nationalism as a counter to Donald Trump’s restrictive and divisive illiberalism.” New York Times Book Review
“A once glorious, now besieged creed gets a searching critique in this shrewd political history debate…The result is a clear-eyed, timely discussion that illuminates both liberalism’s humanity and its hubris.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: James Traub

Author Bio: James Traub

James Traub has spent forty years as a journalist for American’s leading publications, including the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. He teaches foreign policy and intellectual history at New York University and at NYU Abu Dhabi and is a columnist and contributor at Foreign Policy. He is the author of several books on foreign and domestic affairs.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English