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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Ayn Rand, author of the best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, is beloved by millions of readers, and equally despised by a significant number of detractors. Her novels and her revolutionary philosophy of Objectivism have acquired a world-wide following. They have also created legions of readers who are hungry for a deeper understanding of her writings.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by For Beginners (first published July 14th 2009)
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Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book effectively communicates Ayn Rand's ideas as it sets out to do. Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are long books, so I appreciated that this gave a trite summary, overviewed the themes in her books, and then overviewed her philosophy of Objectivism. I give it 4 stars for its clarity.

However, given that the author himself appears influenced by Rand's ideas, I thought that there lacked critical discourse about her ideas. He failed to present strong arguments against Rand's political philos
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised and disappointed that this book, which I took to be illustrated similar to a graphic novel, was instead illustrated on every other page or so with what I would describe in most cases as clip art. I think the authors missed an opportunity to expand on the verbiage with additional information in the graphics. Otherwise, this was an interesting summary, mostly of Rand’s two biggest novels. Having just watched the movie version of both, I found the descriptions did add to what you co ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short appraisal of Ayn Rand's life and works provides a decent, if somewhat one sided, introduction to her philosophy. The writer covers the details in a prose that is simple and effective but on occasions is gushingly supportive. What it lacks is a critical analysis of Objectivism to the same depth it details the philosophy. Rand is portrayed as indubitably controversial in her views but the writer never really gets into the meat of why and how Objectivism seeks to meet the claims against ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read it to understand Rand better now that I have done so I still Royally dislike her as a person and her political point of view and that she completely made up a name of a kind of philosophy that to me is ANYTHING but valid. I feel and think her political and economic ideas are completely invalid and do not even remotely follow and sound facts based on Real Economic science.... As the main character said in Vonnegut's book "the cats cradle" rAND IDEAS "ARE FOMA AND FOMA ARE LIES...!" ...more
Faisal Abid
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great intro to Ayn Rand and summarizes objectivism really well.
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction for those of us who are as wary of wading into tomes as we are of intellectual flame wars, and didn't have it force-fed to us in high school. ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
While reading this I got the feeling that the author was trying to convert me. An obviously biased view.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Here is a simple introduction to the life and philosophy of Ayn Rand. Along with being the founder of Objectivism, she also wrote Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, two of the 20th Century’s most famous novels.

The Fountainhead takes place in the 1920s and 1930s, and is about Howard Roark, a modernist architect in a society that prefers buildings that look like Gothic cathedrals or Greek temples. He is expelled from college, gets fired from one job and loses commissions because of his absolute
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Definately in her corner. Thought she is wonderful and we all ought to follow her thinking.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant introduction to a philosophy I finally relate to..
Dana Robinson
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wildly uncritical, fawning hagiography reads like a Jack Chick tract. It serves as a quick overview of Ayn Rand's novels and objectivism, but the prose is excruciating. ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
For the series, I expected something a bit more, ahem, objective. This one is unabashedly promoting Rand's ideas. Even more annoying, he does not discuss WE THE LIVING at ALL. ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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This was a good way to get the summary of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SCHRUGGED without having to read a gazillion pages.
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