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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,982 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455176816
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The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world’s collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In her series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

This collection of twenty-six essays includes twenty by Ayn Rand as well as three essays by Alan Greenspan, two by Nathaniel Branden, and one by Robert Hessen. These essays are a challenging look at modern society by some of America’s most provocative intellectuals.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism—and on politics—that has ever been published.”

    Professor Leonard Peikoff, Barron’s magazine

  • “One of the best defenses and explanations of capitalism one is likely to read.”

    Walter E. Williams, economist and syndicated columnist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/20/2014

    " Should be required reading for every high school student in the United States... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/18/2014

    " Funny to read a young Alan Greenspan's arguments for eliminating the federal reserve and returning to the gold standard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Armando | 2/9/2014

    " it is a very interesting book but very biased "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paddy O'callaghan | 2/2/2014

    " Her fiction, non-fiction and biographie must be read. Get to it NOW "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon-david | 2/1/2014

    " I think Rand is an excellent writer. She does a great job showing the logic of behind the free market and how it is morally superior to any other economical/political system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Greenwood | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of the greatest books I've read. There are only three books I immediately began to re-read upon finishing and this is one of them. The other two are "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins and "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. While I've never been a great fan of her fictional works, I've been a great fan of Ayn Rand ever since reading this book. Not to say that I don't think her fictional works are great (I just don't enjoy fiction). I really can't say why I enjoy the book without going over just about every page. So, I'll simply say that it is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel | 1/18/2014

    " These one's got kinda repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Van Cleve | 1/11/2014

    " This book is awesome. Rand strips away the smeared, distorted, and misrepresented impressions of capitalism and leaves it redefined in its pure form. Capitalism is what made America a great country. It should be required reading in schools along with Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/27/2013

    " Very good, some essays written by Alan Greenspan as well as Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay D | 12/10/2013

    " The philosophical foundation of capitalism. A unique set of essays that dissects collectivism, and includes two essays by Alan Greenspan. Essential economics reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendra | 12/10/2013

    " I gave this two stars for two reasons, One for each star, 1. When looking more into what Rand says, her whole notion of life and people is flawed 2. Capitalism isn't a perfect idea as she claims it to be. I can blab on like she does and sell books too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedland P. | 12/5/2013

    " Worth reading for Rand's take, but I liked her novels better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean Chick | 12/5/2013

    " The philosophical equivalent of "eat more cookies and you'll lose weight." To see the shallowness of Rand's vision check out Whitaker Chambers' devastating review of Atlas Shrugged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie Davis | 12/5/2013

    " I haven't actually read all of this book as it's a collection of essays but I have read most of it. I think it's a really good summary of her beliefs about capitalism that are introduced in some of her other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Robins | 8/18/2013

    " Cogent essays defending capitalism, free markets, and non-aggression morally, ethically, philosophically, and practically. If you're not an objectivist, why not (no fallacies please)? Why do you think initiation of force is necessary or justified? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philos | 12/3/2012

    " So far So in lightning, you think you know but theres always somthing you miss in your studies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeri Veselinski | 9/30/2012

    " Read it! Think about it! You can agree with some theses, you can disagree with other, but this book can make you reconsider your political views. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 4/9/2012

    " Irrelevant, irrational and muddled. Rand is not the first, nor the best to describe the values of a capitalistic culture. Must read, only for Rand followers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent | 7/2/2011

    " More explanitory than Atlas Shrugged, though it is not as entertaining a read. Rand points out that capitalism has never been tried and if given a chance, would eclipse the socialist systems of today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/21/2011

    " Should be required reading for every high school student in the United States... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon-david | 12/30/2010

    " I think Rand is an excellent writer. She does a great job showing the logic of behind the free market and how it is morally superior to any other economical/political system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedland | 12/11/2010

    " Worth reading for Rand's take, but I liked her novels better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich | 7/25/2010

    " Spot on with our current economic situation in the United States. This is a great primer to understand what true un-controlled capitalism would do given a less involved government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/23/2010

    " I learned that anytime there is a failure of capitalism it is usually caused by government interference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dola | 3/2/2010

    " Don't sleep on capitalism - it's awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 1/22/2010

    " Good editorial format book, you never have to read 100% to get what you want from it. Not a huge Ayn Rand fan myself but nevertheless a good read. Alan Greenspan's complete 180 from 1966 is unbelieveable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie | 1/3/2010

    " I haven't actually read all of this book as it's a collection of essays but I have read most of it. I think it's a really good summary of her beliefs about capitalism that are introduced in some of her other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/31/2009

    " Cogent essays defending capitalism, free markets, and non-aggression morally, ethically, philosophically, and practically. If you're not an objectivist, why not (no fallacies please)? Why do you think initiation of force is necessary or justified? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard | 11/11/2009

    " Ms. Rand makes a very compelling argument for free markets and points out many misconceptions about Capitalism.
    I enjoyed this book. "

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About the Author
Author Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success, and her unique philosophy, Objectivism, gained a worldwide following.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.