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What was Ayn Rand's best book?

Conservative in California 2010/12/18 06:09:15
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  • chas.evans 2011/08/16 05:35:41
    chas.evans
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    Atlas Shrugged, followed closely by Philosophy: Who Needs It, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, For the New Intellectual, and The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism (not necessarily in that order).
  • mae 2011/04/16 00:21:50
    mae
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    Fountainhead, the first book of Ayn Rand that I read, as a teenager in a conservative household. My Father thought she was a Communist, but then, he and my uncle thought everyone who didn't live in our small Northwestern US town was a communist...so, of course, I read this book from cover to cover, and then read Atlas Shrugged, and Anthem. Heady stuff.
  • Stratweenie57 2011/03/28 14:55:29
    Stratweenie57
    I've read Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead,Anthem and am reading currently We the Living.I really got into Atlas-but I almost have to say that Anthem,as short as it is-still chilled me more even than Atlas Shrugged,because things now are in a way even closer to THAT reality.
  • Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA 2010/12/27 14:00:40
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    Her best was a short story that was also a screen play: "The Night of January 16th"
  • Adakin ... Adakin ... 2010/12/27 14:08:50
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    If you can find a copy, its a quick but entertaining read (not nearly as massive as Atlas or Fountainhead)...

    If you have the opportunity to see the play, DO IT!!!

    If you have the opportunity to have your local production troup perform the play... all the better!
  • Dave 2010/12/20 20:19:01
    Dave
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    Atlas Shrugged.
  • Andrew 2010/12/20 19:02:50
    Andrew
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    I dont know, I havent read any of her books.
  • nigel 2010/12/19 18:03:00
    nigel
    +1
    I love them all but...to understand her point of view, I think "We the Living" is a must and therefore my favorite. I've read all of them several times.
  • barry.m... nigel 2013/01/18 19:10:43
    barry.mcgowan.12
    +6
    Absolutely right. Kira is a character that enters my mind from time to time. What a book I think I'm going to read it yet again.
  • keeper 2010/12/19 01:40:17
    keeper
    +3
    "Atlas Shrugged" and "Fountainhead" are both well worth the time to read...
  • goatman112003 2010/12/18 23:45:56
    goatman112003
    +2
    The book the Fountainhead because it showed the relationship of power and deceit and use of media to mislead the public. It also showed the true goals of all sides to break the individual.
  • nigel goatman... 2010/12/19 18:03:48
    nigel
    +2
    It truly shows the sickness of the press many years before we realized how corrupt they were!
  • goatman... nigel 2010/12/19 22:51:22
    goatman112003
    +2
    more than that. It showed how the Unions and communists work using the media. You must remember that the Banner went down the tubes because of the Unions and Ellsworth Touhey's manipulation and using street agitators. It was the illusion to the owner that he ran the paper when in fact he didn't.
  • nigel goatman... 2010/12/21 16:48:58
    nigel
    +1
    Street agitators...hey, that sounds familiar. My goodness, she was so far ahead of her time. She saw the emotional manipulation that would be used by the left! I have read each book many times but it looks like it is time to revisit them all.
  • goatman... nigel 2010/12/24 00:27:01
    goatman112003
    +1
    You must remember her background in growing up and the use of media and agitation for an end. The lessons of history are if you don't learn it , it is repeated again with the same results. This is where propaganda comes in and our media is full of it and we have plenty of agitators.
  • nigel goatman... 2010/12/24 00:38:53
    nigel
    +1
    Happy Chrstmas!!! All hte best!
  • BONNIE 2010/12/18 17:11:01
  • "Abe" 2010/12/18 16:26:48
    "Abe"
    +2
    Atheist - but "Atlas Shrugged" - no doubt~~!! Coming scenario depicted?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    atheist atlas shrugged doubt scenario depicted httpen wikipedia orgwiki god help us
  • Rick from Overland Park 2010/12/18 15:43:41
    Rick from Overland Park
    +3
    Of the two I have read among Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead, I would choose Atlas Shrugged. Fountainhead was much easier to read.
  • AngelaTC Rick fr... 2010/12/19 20:51:51
    AngelaTC
    +1
    Heh. That's exactly what I would have answered. Atlas Shrugged could have used a decent editor, to say the least....
  • mickrussom 2010/12/18 11:58:28
    mickrussom
    +3
    Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead with Atlas in front.
  • Theresa 2010/12/18 09:20:13
    Theresa
    +2
    We are now all John Galt! But I prefer to read The Fountainhead! It was written better than Atlas Shrugged!
  • Dude 2010/12/18 09:02:03
    Dude
    +3
    Atlas Shrugged
  • 12 Tone Melody 2010/12/18 07:35:50
    12 Tone Melody
    +3
    The Fountainhead
  • nigel 12 Tone... 2010/12/19 18:05:38
    nigel
    +1
    It depicts a beautiful relationship between art and conservatism...most people involved in the art world want us to believe that all artists are screaming leftists...
  • retiredingeorgia 2010/12/18 07:27:22
    retiredingeorgia
    +4
    Atlas Shrugged...
    Have read it more than once.
    Also bought several extra copies and gave them as gifts last year.
  • Lynn 2010/12/18 06:44:25
    Lynn
    +2
    From Wiki:

    Rand's political views, reflected in both her fiction and her theoretical work, emphasize individual rights (including property rights) and laissez-faire capitalism, enforced by a constitutionally limited government.

    She was a fierce opponent of all forms of collectivism and statism including fascism, communism, socialism, and the welfare state, and promoted ethical egoism while rejecting the ethic of altruism.

    She considered reason to be the only means of acquiring knowledge and the most important aspect of her philosophy, stating, "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows."


    I should probably read one of her books....
  • Conserv... Lynn 2010/12/18 06:45:56
    Conservative in California
    +3
    I have only read Atlas Shrugged, and it was definitely one of the 5 best out of hundreds of books I've read...
  • Lynn Conserv... 2010/12/18 06:48:28
    Lynn
    +1
    It seems to be her signature tome. It will be the first one I read.
  • Conserv... Lynn 2010/12/18 06:53:56
    Conservative in California
    +7
    seems like her best...no conservative should go without reading that, Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose" or F.A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom."
  • NidStyles Conserv... 2010/12/18 12:49:28
    NidStyles
    +2
    "Road to Serfdom", was outstanding as well. "Free to Choose", just as excellent.
  • Conserv... NidStyles 2010/12/19 06:18:29
    Conservative in California
    +1
    3 books every conservative/libertarian should read...
  • NidStyles Conserv... 2010/12/19 15:22:23
    NidStyles
    +1
    I would like everyone to read them. Along with some of the Austrian school book's. Add in Peter Schiff's work, and everyone could build up enough wealth and get rid of the Federal reserve be simply moving around their control mechanism's, and devaluing their (The Fed's) currency.
  • Conserv... NidStyles 2010/12/21 07:52:27
    Conservative in California
    too bad that in public schools, kids are forced to read b.s. "classics" like "Babbit" and "Catcher in the Rye" when they should be reading "Atlas Shrugged," "Free to Choose," and "The Road to Serfdom."
  • NidStyles Conserv... 2010/12/22 00:14:44 (edited)
    NidStyles
    +1
    No lie, I failed Lit. 3 times in High School because I refused to read those book's. They tried telling me they were college level books, but I was already reading Nietzsche and Shopenhauer in the 7th grade. Read "Atlas Shrugged" in the 10th grade.

    I read like 3 pages of "The Catcher and the Rye" and threw it away in utter disgust. I told the teacher at the time if that was College level then they should just give me the Ph.D now because that was simply the worst writing I had ever seen. It was superfluous and required too much time to even understand what the writer was trying to get at.

    Needless to say they wouldn't let me graduate High School because I refused to read their book's, and they wouldn't let me replace them with something else. I got my GED the day I turned 18 and scored in the top 97% percentile in the nation for testing average on the SAT's. LOL! I don't have a High School diploma though because they wouldn't give it to me for not reading their garbage novel's.
  • Chicklet Conserv... 2011/02/27 06:30:24
    Chicklet
    In our district, the tenth graders read Anthem, Brave New World and Animal Farm as part of a dystopian unit.
  • nigel Lynn 2010/12/19 18:06:56
    nigel
    +1
    Hey, Lynn, start with "We the Living," a tale based on her young life under communism in the U.S.S.R. It is a good underpinning for the rest!
  • Lynn nigel 2010/12/19 19:12:51
    Lynn
    +2
    Thanks for the tip.
  • NidStyles Lynn 2010/12/18 12:48:20
    NidStyles
    +2
    Yes, you should.
  • theiceman Lynn 2010/12/18 14:51:48
    theiceman
    +3
    wiki finally got something right!! what is the world coming to??

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