Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead

  • Title: Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead
  • Author: Ayn Rand
  • ISBN: 9780451935601
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Atlas Shrugged The Fountainhead The bestselling novels from the foremost philosopher of the modern age this set includes Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead
    The bestselling novels from the foremost philosopher of the modern age, this set includes Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

    • Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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    About Ayn Rand


    1. Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sale of her mother s jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn after a name of some Finnish author, probably Aino Rand which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels She also married a bit part actor called Frank O Connor because he was beautiful and because her original visitor s visa had run out.Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living 1936 a melodrama set in Russia Her first real success was The Fountainhead rejected by than ten publishers before publication in 1943.She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow up novel Atlas Shrugged 1957 describes a group who attempt to escape America s conspiracy of mediocrity Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand s vocal support for Laissez faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.


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    1. The Fountainhead is one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. If Ayn Rand books were food, I wouldn't feed them to a starving dog. I'd say, dog, just lick your own balls. You'll be happier. Speaking of dog balls, man I'd rather sniff one than have to read this book again. What a piece of crap.The meandering prose. The inability to grasp basic tenets of what it is to be human. And believe me, I've done my homework since reading the Fountainhead. Ayn Rand was a horrible human bein [...]

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    2. In my book, Ayn Rand still stands as one of the most powerful fictional writers capable of imbuing her work with philosophical ideals, and The Fountainhead is no let down. Yes, her characters can be a little one-sided, with unbending ideals they seem capable of upholding in the midst of the greatest strife. However, just being able to imagine and describe these kinds of intellectual pariahs and support their personas with such thorough background is a significant accomplishment.The only point at [...]

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    3. This is an amazing, amazing book of thought. Through the novel Rand illustrates her philosophy of Objectivism. As an artist--and one who studied with architects--finding myself feeling like the black sheep in the lot most of the time, I was astonished. The Fountainhead articulated a lot of social and individual behavior that I have understood and also been frustrated by. The idea of the creative soul being genuine and self-directed as spiritual self-respect, driving against a crowd, against a so [...]

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    4. I hate how cold the books are. Ouch. I don't think Ayn Rand ever hugged anybody. Its the best screening test I've ever come across. If you love Ayn Rand, its unlikely we'll ever be friends. I know, saves us so much trouble.

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    5. Picking up a battered old copy of Ayn Rand‘s "The Fountainhead" when I was twenty-nine was a life-changing experience that snapped me out of my routine-induced stagnation and reignited my thinking processes. Ayn Rand and I differ on many positions (big time!) but this tale of architect Howard Roark, the living embodiment of integrity, is a thrilling portrayal of what a human being is capable of becoming and creating. After reading this book, I put off reading Rand’s follow-up magnum opus, "A [...]

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    6. second (or third?) time around it's even more tedious. constant moralizing wears on me. i love the relentless faith in the individual, but the characters are so flat in order to hammer her political agenda, that the plot ceases to be entertaining and leaves me wishing i'd just read a paragraph summary of objectivism and spent the other 1800 hours reading something less redundant and more entertaining

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    7. Ayn (pronounced eye+n) Rand presents a lot of well thought out ideas regarding the weaknesses of society. Her ideology, although well-meaning, is thoroughly flawed. Her world exists in a vacuum where nothing happens that is outside of the control of man, and where a man creates his own soul. Despite that, I really like this book.

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    8. I was very taken with Ayn Rand when I originally read her books. I still find her logic compelling, however, she never really understood that compassion can be part of enlightened self interest. Her characters are intentionally very hard edged and idealistic, I get that. The problem is, like all conservatives, she has no room in her view of life for people who are unable to care for themselves. I recently discussed this with a friend who believed that people should just all be responsible for th [...]

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    9. Finally. What, 2000 pages? 2 full years? These books deserve 4 stars because they shift your thinking. I look at factories now and I don't say "Ugly" but "That is the physical manifestation of man's brainpower."They also shed light on the vicious "Robin Hood" myth: it is immoral to be wealthy, and perfectly moral to be poor and envious of the rich.Further, it defines well what it is 'to be.' Ayn Rand defines "to be" (as a MAN) is to use your brain, to achieve, to aspire, to accomplish greatness. [...]

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    10. Just don't get too brainwashed, ok?

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    11. I haven't finished reading this book yet (Atlas Shrugged) but can not say enough about it. Absolutely love it!! Everything I ever wanted to put into words is right there in the book. It's interesting especially to know that Ayn Rand has immigrated from Russia escaping communism. She did not even have to live in that socialist regime, unlike me, to know what it would be like. Some descriptions in the book, such as what happend when one factory went all socialist, is an embodiment of what the form [...]

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    12. Only read The Fountainhead and it was horrible. Two stars is generous. I couldnt even make it through Atlas Shrugged. I love her book We the Living which I believe was her first novel and the nearest thing to an autobiography from her and I cannot believe the same author put out these two books. I don't really understand the hype over either one they are overdone and too long with no real point. The characters are not real to me just idols of the ideas in her own head. Both books are about a 'ph [...]

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    13. These books challenged many of my beliefs. They are a good read, even if you don't agree with all of her ideas. However, I don't understand why so many high schools have their students read them--the philosophies expressed are too big for people with so little life experience. If you read them then, pick up the books and try again. You'll understand this time.

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    14. The recent financial crisis and government action-heavy response have resulted in a resurgence of interest in Ayn Rand. Given its focus on the economy, Atlas Shrugged has understandably received most of the attention. However, Rand’s novel on art, The Fountainhead, remains relevant today as well.The Fountainhead follows two architects, Howard Roark and Peter Keating, over the course of their early careers (the novel spans approximately two decades). Dominique Francon serves as the love interes [...]

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    15. I support the arts, but I don't think that people should suffer because of some artistic ideal. We are on this earth to be kind to each other, not to subjugate people. I think this book is a rationalization for abusing people so that a beautiful city can be enjoyed (mostly by wealthy people). Sure, a blue-collar worker might say, that's a great-looking building I just helped create, but if he can't pay for his kid's doctor bills, that's not right.There were certain parts of the book where I was [...]

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    16. If Ayn Rand were a good writer, this book is the point in her career at which she should have stopped while she was ahead. One of the greatest literary villains of all time, Ellsworth Monkton Toohey, is surrounded by typical Randian caricatures spouting stiff Randian self-idolatry. An alternate universe in which the arts stalled creatively when Europe rediscovered Ancient Greece and Rome is projected forward to 20th Century New York. A hero arises to challenge the creative establishment. Lather [...]

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    17. i remembered having heard of "atlas shrugged" years before reading it. finally, my mother actually reco'd it to me and i bought it and loved it. it's not a short book but it's worth anyone's time. the other book in this compilation of both Rand's novels is "the fountainhead" and it's just as good, if not better. perhaps my favorite book of all time. i own a early second edition that still contains the same errors as the first edition.

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    18. Ayn Rand is by far one of my all time favorites. Although this book isn't my favorite of hers, this is a must read. It's all about a man who wants to stop the world, literally. Technology is great, but he's sick of the corruption. This book like most of Rand's is not for the faint hearted, it's 1168 pages, but well worth the time spent.

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    19. Like it or not, approve or not, agree or not, she understands why we are where we are. This from a Russian refugee who chose to name herself after her typewriter.

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    20. The Fountainhead:- It seems impossibly romantic and thrilling - the thought more than the story, the idea more than the events, the creative talent and heroic fight and the architect designing a house for his beloved and her living in it. And it is a racy read, too, all of which goes towards explaining its popularity with young. The principles and the creative philosophy and in fact the creative architecture is all based on a real person and his work - the writer's home was in fact designed by h [...]

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    21. I read Rand's novels nearly 40 years ago, when in my early 30s. Although already a confirmed social and political progressive, I found them compelling and seductive. The conflicting emotions I felt as I identified with the heroic characters, made me realize the tremendous power of the written word.

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    22. Hugely influential read. Would definitely recommend to teens and young adults.

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    23. If you think this book is about capitalism, then you're right. If you think Rand promotes capitalism, then you're wrong. All of her antagonists are capitalists and all of her protagonists are libertarians--plain and simple. These books put on display the difference between the reality and the ideal of capitalism just as most of the dystopian genre display the difference between the ideal and the reality of communism. Of course, a true libertarian functions best in an ideal capitalist economy, so [...]

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    24. Enough has been written about Ayn Rand and her two books to need my comments. Her ideals sound great in the beginning but then one feels that they are not really practical. I give her five stars for the way she has written the books.

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    25. Try as I might, I just could not get into this book and had to stop after The Dominique scene. I can see why this is considered a classic flawed novel. It's main flaw is that every character is unlikable. Every one: Roark, Keating, Dominique, Toohey, the side kicks everyone. There were a few lines, early on, that did help me get a better view on how those who espouse Objectivism may view those who they consider blind to reality the polite phrase would be empty vessel. The impolite phrase would [...]

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    26. I have to do this. I keep reading how these books are so popular now because our president is a socialist.I read both of these in high school, separately. I enjoyed them as novels. They work great at showing how Ms. Rand's ideas will result in an improved society. They can do this because she has written about society as she wants it to work. That's what fiction does. One needs to note the differences between a fictional setting and the reality it purports to describe (if any) before extrapolati [...]

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    27. Though Have read all her books Fountainhead and to a lesser extent Atlas Shrugged remained favourite with me for a period in 60/70’s.60’s and early 70’s was when Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Satre, Albert Camus, Nietzsche, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, M.K. Gandhi, MAD Magazine were my mind benders. To include Ayn Rand in this company might look out of place. Amused she is the icon now a days for Republicans and right wingers. They hated her then because she was an ardent atheist and promoted individualism [...]

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    28. I`ve just finished the reading. That two books is important for exectly the moment of my life expericnce. First, I realized I am not alone with my instinctive and philosophy credo. Second, Ayn Rand gives me the most clear understanding about surrounding I`ve ever had. The most depressive information from the books is the most important to take it in mind in my future mapping. Things I counted as a rare personal circumstances now seems as a system characteristics. Reading the books I was wonderin [...]

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    29. I learned not to make your AP class read something they really detested. WHile I loved the book I come form a different sensibility than my 21st century students and they had a really hard time juggling this book while attempting three or more other AP classes. This book is definitely for someone interested in philosopical issues and humanitarian issues as well as political agendas. A background in history would be necessary to 21st century AP students being able to assimilate the information be [...]

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