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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

This has to be one of the most interesting books I've read. Rand's discussion of free markets is thoroughly engaging even if it is sometimes pedantic. The novel's mystery sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I was disappointed that the book felt like a romance novel in parts where Rand seemed to explore her fantasized philosophies on intimacy. Sadly, these philosophies didn't serve her to well in her personal life with her own affair and marriage.

My biggest criticism of the book is that it is far too polarized. Her complete distrust of government and oversight is fully counterbalanced by her ideal trust in unrestricted capitalists. The government was truly evil and producers were perfectly good. The world tends to be more nuanced than this. Despite this, the book forced me to think about the role of government and the value of capitalism. It was worth reading just for that.

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