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The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education
Narrated by: George Anders
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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"George Anders has provided a compelling and decisive answer to the recurring question, 'What is the value proposition of a liberal arts education?' Students should have this book in their backpack or on their iPads. So should their parents, teachers, and our policy-makers." (Frederick M. Lawrence, CEO of Phi Beta Kappa Society)
"Anders shows us precisely why majors like philosophy, history, and anthropology teach the skills employers can't outsource to robots and software...students should feel not only reassurance or permission but an actual obligation to go there, for their own sake, and for the sake of us all.'" (Julia Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult and former dean of freshmen at Stanford University)
"Utterly fascinating and massively important. George Anders peers into his signature crystal ball, and paints a portrait of the future of work that's as compelling as it is provocative." (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals)

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It's great content. But the narrator is a letdown.

I suggest he should join Toastmasters to hone his speaking skills. He needs to read with vocal variety.

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  • Logan Thomson-de Sa
  • 04-09-17

Encouraging for those graduated, useful info if you're still in school/about to be.

When Anders' reached out to me about the book I was just confused as to why someone writing a book would want to talk to me. As you can imagine I was very curious as to what exactly the book would entail when finished, and was pleased to hear that he had reached out to speak with Professor Kohn whom I had said that he had to meet during our interview in Prof Tomjanovich's Wall Street class.

Having finally heard it I can tell you it's chocked full of the very same advice that many great professor's and alumni would give you while in school. I would very much suggest this book for anyone in a liberal arts school or considering attending one. As for those who have recently graduated, this book is still full of solid advice and at the very least a great deal of encouragement in what may be a stressful point in life.
My one complaint is that Anders didn't seem to either understand, or want to highlight the benefits of non-liberal arts majors being completed within a liberal arts school. I was an economics and psychology double major at Drew and found that in my classes like management with Professor Kohn and political economy with Professor Safri we engaged with a great deal of material involving philosophy and psychology that I don't believe would be touched on if taking the same classes in a non-liberal arts college. My advice would always be to double major, but know that you can attend a liberal arts school major in something like economics and still get the benefits of engaging in anthropology and classics coursework (especially at a school like Drew University).

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