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


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."


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 'philosophy' and she should have stuck just to writing books on her philosophies cause these novels fell horribly flat.


So... much... propaganda. 1) In the words of an anonymous wise reviewer: "Eventually, the question you ask stops being 'Who is John Galt?' and becomes 'When will John Galt shut up?" No one wants to read over 60 pages of a radio speech, especially about politics. 2) Rape and theft are not OK, not even for capitalists. 3) If all of the protagonists are beautiful and the antagonists are slimy, suspicious characters (or just plain dumb), there is a problem. As one can see, I GREATLY disliked these books.


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?


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.


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.


There are a lot of really great ideas in this book. It has helped to shape the way I look at capitalism, welfare, wants and needs, and entitlement. However, there are some really dense monologues and I actually didn't finish the final 50 page monologue that basically seemed to repeat the point of the book over and over again. I'm glad I read it and I don't think I'll do it again anytime soon. (It took like an entire summer)

Doloreza Sinani


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.

Deanna Shelor

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 being dealt with and to understand Rand's sensibilities. It is a bit much for even a semester because of the philosophic intensity. I used Neitzchian concepts as a segue and juxtapose into Rand's philosophical bent.

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.


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 extrapolating the lessons and solutions from a book to the real world. Ms. Rand's world contains no children, except a brief description of the privileged early lives of some of her protagonists. Ms. Rand's world contains no disabled people. There are other differences, of course, but these are the two I need to be on public record as having pointed out. (My simple sentence: Ms. Rand's world is irreproducable because her characters do not reproduce.)In the case of Reardon, and here I extend my review to include _We_the_Living_, which I have also read, a character is presented as unhappy and poorly treated due to their choice (soon to change) of suppressing their needs in favor of living by society's rules or subjecting themselves to the tyranny of those who spitefully run down the great. Maybe the situation is more a result of the character's choice of association? You see, I believe in my responsibility to my fellow man, and I would have worn the Reardon-steel bracelet with pride. Fiction can be either/or. Real life never is.


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, "Atlas Shrugged," because I wanted to delay the pleasure I knew I would receive from reading it. A couple of years later, I did read it; I laughed, I cried, I cheered. It was, in a word, awesome. Say what you want about Rand’s philosophy but give the lady her due—boy, could she write!What I like about Rand's philosophy is her celebration of an individual's integrity, self-reliance and courage to follow his or her heart. What don't I like about Rand's philosophy? Just about everything else!


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/

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.

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