It is what it is: Ayn Rand's opinions on various matters from politics to literature, eloquently spoken and organized by categories.Michael Kilpatrick
This book is awfully biased toward her views but it still explains a lot. I'd love to chat with her about this century and see if any of her staunch objectivism would change.Dave
This is a collection of questions and answers drawn from post-lecture Q & A sessions. Reads like a magazine interview (well, a 200 page interview) where a short question is followed by a short answer. Rand's ideas do not come across all that well in this "soundbite" form. (I should note that this a criticism of the Q & A format, not of Rand's philosophy.) There are a few interesting bits, like when she dresses down audience members who ask smart-assed questions or talks smack about public figures (especially Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda), but this is not essential Rand by any stretch. In the introduction, the author (well, compiler, I suppose) says that this book was never viewed or edited by Rand (possibly because she had been dead for more than 20 years at the time it was released, but that's only a guess...) and therefore he does not know if she would have approved of it. I have my thoughts. This book is a passable way to kill a couple hours if you are already familiar with Rand, however I would strongly advise against using it as an introduction to her philosophy.Perry Kuipers
If you are a fan of Ayn Rand and have read most of her books, then this book is a must-read. This helps to answer some questions that you still had after reading her nonfiction.