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A collection of essays to help today's businessman understand the crucial role of philosophy in free trade, free markets, health care and business ethics. The book includes a title essay by Leonard Peikoff and two essays by Ayn Rand never before p ublished in book form: "The Money-Making Personality" and "An Answer for Businessmen." Twelve additional essays by Leonard Peik ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published January 21st 1999 by Ayn Rand Institute
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Ilyn Ross
[I bought it two years ago, but then, I started to write Reason Reigns.]

Bill Churchill
Well argued, systemically tight, but tautological.

But this book has a religious feel. It strongly implies that, ‘If only we lived according to…(insert the religious idea of your choice), the world be a better place and justice would prevail.’

We need less politics and religion and more comprehensive reasoning, flexibility and imagination.

I like a quote of Donald Rumsfeld’s when it comes to politics and religion, “…but there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't kno
Michael Palkowski
Although consistent with Ayn Rand's philosophical premises, it focuses too much on the political minutia especially on specific constitutional issues or localized anxieties. It also understands a lot of problems in really simplistic dichotomous equations and the majority of the book is simplistic evaluations of the plight of producers. Although I am sympathetic to a lot of the arguments expressed here, I don't like the exploitative feel of the collection. For example the book is authored by Ayn ...more
Muzaffer Bayraktar
Özellikle Edwin Locke, Jaana Woiceshyni Richard Salsman ve Leonard Peikoff'un yazdığı makaleler oldukça verimliydi. Ayn Rand'ın daha önce de okuduğum iki makalalesi dışında kitapta makalesi bulunmuyor. Kitabın yakın zamanda yazılmış olması olayları objektivizm felsefesi ışığında değerlendirmeye oldukça katkı sağlıyor. Ekonomi, iş dünyası,adalet, ve hükümet düzenlemeriyle ilgili bilgiler sade bir dil kullanılarak kafayı zonklatmadan anlamayı sağlıyor. Kitapta tek sevmediğim makaleler Harry Binswa ...more
Jeff Yoak
Most of these are essays that I'd read before, but I didn't realize that until I started this that this is the first time through for me in as a book and it includes essays new to me. That was a treat, but I quickly found that this stuff has gotten hard to listen to. It has been almost 20 years since I started studying Objectivist philosophy and this amounts to reviewing the basics I've heard in many, many forms. I think I would more enjoy scholarly treatment of fine points or something, but thi ...more
Tony Canas
I loved Atlas Shrugged so I decided to read a little more about Ayn Rand's philosophy. This collection of essays inspired by Rand are very interesting. Some are very good while others are just extreme and downright wrong. The essays on Anti-Trust Laws are questionable while the one on Healthcare is simply wrong. I still recommend reading it, just keep a critical mind and don't buy everything at face value.
David Glad
Only one of the essays in this book was by Ayn Rand. (One of the sources of complaints about the book.) Was my first introduction to her designated successor Leonard Peikoff.

Decent introduction on why businessmen should embrace philosophy and stop being on the defensive and start talking of the good they perform in the world.
This was shockingly boring and robotic - hence perhaps the warning that I should have noticed 'essays' but damn this was boring

Felt like work by someone a student expert of the field but nowhere near real authority that does this week in week out

To Our Continued Success!
Waseem Mirza
Great book with relevant topics. Interesting to hear about the Antitrust rules and the impacts to business innovation.
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