The Ayn Rand Centennial Collection Boxed Set

ISBN: 0452291917
ISBN 13: 9780452291911
By: Ayn Rand

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Two great novels that will change the way you look at the world.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.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.

Reader's Thoughts

Julie

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 former Soviet society was. It's funny and it's sad and I wish everyone, especially people who constantly whine about everyone having to help others and other socialist garbage, would read this book first. When you are not responsible for yourself and your destiny, when you rely on society to support you, when you feel that it is your G-d given right to be taken care of by others, you are less than human.So finished the book!! Expected the ending to be a little more dreary than it was, but then millions of people dying is of course a bit dreary. On to Fountainhead.

Johnny

Just don't get too brainwashed, ok?

Hera

I read this book in high school, and at the time became immediately drawn into the story. At the time I was unable to completely digest Rand's 'selfish/individualism/pro-capitalism' philosophy, but in hindsight, I still think the story itself has its merits. There are interesting plot twists, and even though the characters are pretty 1-D, they serve to better portray Rand's philosophy. I don't agree with her philosophy but I give credit to this book for waking me up, and challenging me to question what I really knew. I will pass along the same wisdom my 10th grade english teacher told me when I set out to tackle this book, "Just don't get too brainwashed by it, and keep your ego in check."

Thomas.harrop

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 themselves. If someone can care for them self, let them die. That is the message of Rand. The problem is, leaving these marginal people to die creates crime, a drain on our hospitals money (as they are currently paid) and many other social ills. Why is it that supposed Christians think that Rand is so great? it is because most modern Christians have entirely forgotten about Christ and what he taught. I heard one man pushing a version of Christianity where Jesus was some sort of ass kicking biker who didn't care about the poor and weak and meek. He said that Jesus was really all about giving people hell and all this loving kindness crap was a giant load. He taught that Christians should be all about hate and contempt and violence. Most of this kind of attitude comes from Rand and her ilk. Love your fellow man, but if he needs help, too bad. Praise the Lord.

Jane't Hamerter

I have read both books. It was such a good book. It had me thinking about my goals in life, the reasons that I take the stand that I do, whether or not I have passion (romantically and for life). I used to read The Fountainhead at least once a year so I could re-evaluate my life choices. Atlas Shrugged made me think about society in general and how messed up we are. On a petty note, I really didn't like who the main female character ended up with. Rand has good ideas and themes that are worth reading. I just hate how she gives the characters these long speeches, two or more pages. It detracted me from the message that the character was trying to convey but it was still worth the read.

Dallin Bruun

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. "Man as man."The story is entertaining. It's a bit romantic in that there are clear heroes and villains and large dramatized themes. My biggest disappointment is that she assumes she is right. There is no room for argument. In this way it feels didactic.

Anna Chudnovsky

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 wondering all the time about the accuracy of particular details, because I was in such situations by myself and I listened the same words and witnessed the same behaviour as it was described. It is a kind of good proof, both exciting and depressive. So, what`s the next step? I prefer to take all I`ve read as a kind of warning, especially because it is so clear done. Thanks my friends who pointed me to that books just in time.

Doloreza Sinani

amazing.......

Viswanathan Venkataraman

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 and enlightened selfishness. What appealed to me then was breaking away from tradition and standing for your beliefs. She is certainly not a literary writer, her characters are one dimensional. Yet she certainly was one of the most discussed writer among family and friends with endless arguments on her outlook. Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged the title was more important than the content. I know of one couple who came together cause they were ardent fan of Ayn Rand. Her ideology did make a tremendous influence on me. Tried reading now and dropped cause she is today for me not a great writer or thinker. But must be given credit for her influence.

Vijay

I'm still trying to figure out my reaction to this book. The whole time I was reading this book I kept on wondering why SO many people love it and consider the inspiration of their lives/careers. I think in purely literary terms it's awful! It's so damn redundant...I get it I get it Ayn, you don't like lazy "looters". You didn't need to write 1200 pages to get that across. Yet at the same time, I couldn't put it down. I also was motivated to do more with myself and my capabilities as I read it. Hmm....Can someone I know who likes this book clarify things for me?

Alene

Couldn't find just "THe Fountainhead". I was long overdue to read this having fallen in love with "Atlas Shrugged" 10 years ago. THere are few books more inspiring than this one. I feel totally understood by the author regarding my own views on what honesty and integrity mean and how society often fails to recognize true talent and instead the masses subscribe to whatever belief/talent/skill is popular at the time.

Dawn

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

Nelson

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.

Tanveer Khan

Now this is not just a novel, it's philosophy n you need to think n understand the characters, behavior, situations. It is a wonderful book n I can say you come across many such characters quite often but not some one like Howard Roarke, people might call him crazy, arrogant etc but my dear that's what the world does to ones who think differently. You can either love this book or hate it.

Sastri

These books are the foundation of true capitalism. Ayn Rand is an inspiring author and many of her fans are almost have a cult following. I read her early in my life and she was a great influence. Later in life I found things at odds with her philosophy of Objectivism. I felt that she to embraced this concept of a higher being or self (John Galt in AS) and never admitted to this concept?All in all a very good author that everyone must read/

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