The Marketplace of Ideas by Louis Menand audiobook

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Reaction in the American University

By Louis Menand
Read by Michael Prichard

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Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Louis Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas examines what professors and students—and all the rest of us—might be better off without while assessing what is worth saving in our traditional university institutions.

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Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Louis Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas examines what professors and students—and all the rest of us—might be better off without while assessing what is worth saving in our traditional university institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

[Menand] has the rare ability to tackle complex subjects and make them comprehensible and readable. Philadelphia Inquirer
“Menand…provides a smart, succinct, splendidly written summary of the back story and current state-of-play in education in the liberal arts at the country’s elite institutions.” Boston Globe
“[Menand] has the rare ability to tackle complex subjects and make them comprehensible and readable.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Part history of higher education, part sympathetic but insistent argument for change, Menand’s book is a worthy and admirably succinct exploration of why colleges are so difficult to improve.” Washington Monthly
“Michael Prichard’s stern, sonorous voice is a perfect match for Menand’s critical exploration of the contemporary university.” AudioFile
“An important…view on the content of higher education.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Louis Menand

Author Bio: Louis Menand

Louis Menand is professor of English at Harvard University and a staff writer at the New Yorker. His books include The Metaphysical Club, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. In 2016, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English