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Books by and About Ayn Rand


This page contains a directory for books by and about Ayn Rand. The books by and about Rand and the ideas in them can lead a person to a discovery of what is true in life and in history. Essential in providing a true understanding of "positive history." An original and important concept of Galambos. Essential in understanding the cause of and the cure for our societal problems.

Galambos and Rand actually met and talked. The one thing I can say for sure about the meeting is that Rand did not recotnize the greatness in Galambos. Perhaps becauxe his ideas were not as far developed as later. One I think it is safe to say is that Rand was very good at illustrating the problems with out current soceital structure. But she did not undertand the true cause of our societal problems. And did not have the cure. Which Galambos did have.

The explanation for the cause and the cure is in his book Sic Itur Ad Astra. But it takes a very percetive reader to see and to understand. One with an understanding of "positive history" and the laws of nature.


Book Directory

  1. The Fountainhead
  2. Atlas Shrugged
  3. The Virtue of Selfishness
  4. We the Living
  5. Capitalism
  6. For the New Intellectual
  7. The Romantic Manifesto
  8. Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
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The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

The New York Times Book Review, Lorine Pruette
Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
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Publishers Weekly, January 6, 1997 Winner of the Listen Up Award-Best Packaging/Cover Art of 1996 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]

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At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback.

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.

* Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club

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The Virtue of Selfishness
by Ayn Rand
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The problem with Rand is easily detectable by careful listeners of this production: a good essayist with a flair for the dramatic turn of phrase, she wasted her obvious writing skills in an effort to support outlandish personal opinions cloaked in the guise of logic. An absolutist thinker, she devotes one whole essay to an effort to persuade us that we really should see things as black and white, with no shades of gray. Born in Soviet Russia, Rand so despised socialism and collectivist thinking that she leapt to the furthest extreme possible to become the champion of unbridled capitalism, the rights of the individual at the expense of the community, and the diminution of all regulation by the state, with the exception of a judicial system and the control of crime.

Among the sadly dated ideas she conveys are the attitude that homosexuals are mutant symptoms of a sick society and the belief that anyone with an interest in internationalism is a "one world" proponent. To use one of her own favored words, Rand's political and social philosophy is critically "muddled." C.M. Herbert's voice is efficient and cold, making it a perfect choice for the narration of this author's work. Recommended only as documentation of an anomaly in the history of ideas. Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
© Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. —This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

From AudioFile
This collection of essays on objectivism sets down Ayn Rand’s views on individual rights and challenges listeners on all sides of the political fence to consider their views. Although published in 1961 and aimed at the Cold War world, the essays hold up well and often seem related to today’s issues and headlines.

Most of Rand’s barbs are aimed at liberals, but conservatives also draw fire for faltering in defense of liberties and the Constitution. C.M. Herbert reads with a passion and confidence that seems to personify Rand. One especially well–read passage depicts a hypothetical conversation in which she defends her views to a critic. J.A.S. — AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine © Copyright — AudioFile, Portland, Maine —This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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We the Living
by Ayn Rand
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Capitalism
by Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, Robert Hessen
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From Library Journal
As an interesting relic of the past, this outlandish piece of propaganda is worth the listener's time, even though the author's overconfident sense of her own rightness and persistence at pressing her points with little respect for opposing views can quickly become more than a little annoying. Using outdated words such as "altruists" to represent the forces of evil who would overburden the poor, beleaguered American business community, Rand "protesteth" far too much. Americans have seen many of the abuses come to pass that Rand, writing in 1946, claimed would never happen if free enterprise were just left to its own devices, so many of her arguments will be lost on a modern listener. For instance, the antitrust laws forced railroad barons to use illegal payoffs to forge ahead with expansion, and they shouldn't, therefore, be blamed the antitrust laws are the real problem. Narrator Anna Field's cold, crisp voice is actually well suited to such a heartless piece as this. Recommended. Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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For the New Intellectual
by Ayn Rand
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When a man, a business corporation or an entire society is approaching bankruptcy, there are two courses that those involved can follow: they can evade the reality of their situation and act on a frantic, blind, range-of-the-moment expediency-not daring to look ahead, wishing no one would name the truth, yet desperately hoping that something will save them somehow-or they can identify the situation, check their premises, discover their hidden assets and start rebuilding.

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The Romantic Manifesto
by Ayn Rand
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Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
by Ayn Rand, Harry Binswanger (Editor), Leonard Peikoff (Editor)
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Philosophy
by Ayn Rand
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