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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand’s answer: Everyone.

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ayn Rand’s writings have altered and shaped the lives of millions. This selection of essays is an example of her best.”

    Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve 

  • “Although this omnibus volume…is written for an audience of believers, readers unfamiliar with [Rand’s] novels might find it a useful starting point.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For those who want to understand the philosophic implications of our era, this collection by Ayn Rand is an excellent place to begin.”

    Richmond News-Leader

  • “Her essays are lively, spirited, and challenging.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joao Trindade | 2/6/2014

    " Collection of several speeches by Ayn Rand. A little bit repetitive. First speech is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taylor | 1/24/2014

    " I love the severity of her novels and can almost hear her reading the dialogue to me with a great intensity. But to have to deal with that narrative intensity outside of fictional characters and to imagine this rigid capitalist immigrant sitting next to me prattling about the evils of babying your brother.. well I just find it easier to absorb through the analogy of her fictions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hawkgrrrl | 1/18/2014

    " Another one only for the die hard Ayn Rand fans or the pure in heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle Gastulo | 1/5/2014

    " Rand can get pretty annoying at times, but I recommend this book to anybody who wants to know more about capitalism and the philosophy behind morality. "

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