Anthem (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2005 - Fiction - 272 pages
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He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to fall in love. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization, he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: standing out from the mindless human herd. Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of Anthem, celebrating the controversial and enduring legacy of its author, features an introduction by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Piekoff, which includes excerpts from documents by Ayn Rand—letters, interviews, and journal notes in which she discusses Anthem. This volume also includes a complete reproduction of the original British edition with Ayn Rand’s handwritten editorial changes and a Reader’s Guide to her writings and philosophy.

In Ayn Rand’s novels you have found more than great works of art—you have found a philosophy of reason.

“I had to originate a philosophical framework of my own, because my basic view of man and of existence was in conflict with most of the existing philosophical theories. In order to define, explain, and present my concept of man, I had to become a philosopher in the specific meaning of the term.”—Ayn Rand

Now available for further reading on Rand’s philosophy: Objective Communication by Leonard Piekoff.

Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism is increasingly influencing the shape of the world from business to politics to achieving personal goals. In Objective Communication, Peikoff explains how you can communicate philosophical ideas with conviction, logic, and, most of all, reason.

Also available from Penguin: an enhanced edition/app of Atlas Shrugged.

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Good intro to Any Rand's writing... - Goodreads
The prose elevated men but neglected others. - Goodreads
A good quick read I liked the pacing of this novella. - Goodreads
The ending was a little underwhelming. - Goodreads
Wow, this was an extremely powerful, easy to read book. - Goodreads
A love story set in a world without personality. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Zachary - Goodreads

I don't like Ayn Ran's message as a whole, from what I have found from the internet, though this one is more about defying suppression than promoting selfishness. This is the only book I have read of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Jones - Goodreads

laughably bad...ol ayn rand should have been humiliated by this work but I'm sure she was quite proud of it and thought it was top tier stuff...I liked this book better when George Orwell wrote know..someone halfway competent... Read full review

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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

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