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Glad you enjoyed the Fountainhead. I made TWO concerted efforts (each) at reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged during College. Failed at both attempts. (This was after surviving two years of a “Great Works” curriculum which included an extensive survey of- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Freud, Jung, Homer, Joyce, Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Rousseau, Seneca, Machiavelli, Newton, Hobbes, Descartes etc. etc.) I distinctly recall feeling a rising sense of dread each time I waded into Rand’s writing.

Two of my favorite quotes regarding Ayn Rand are Whittaker Chambers in his review of Atlas Shrugged for the National Review (at the time under the tutelage of William F. Buckley)- “I can recall no other book in which a tone of overriding arrogance was so implacably sustained… Its shrillness is without reprieve. Its dogmatism is without appeal. From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: “ To the gas chambers — go!”

And this from the sharp pen of the ever arrogant and opinionated (maybe as opinionated as Rand?) Christopher Hitchens- “But if you’re young and not particularly wanted and not particularly brilliant, reading Atlas Shrugged provides all the feelings of compensation one might need for any period of terrifying inadequacy.”

(Full disclosure- I am no bleeding heart Liberal - Politically Independent and moderate, retired from a successful 34 year career as an executive in Investment Management- a rather unlikely path for an undergraduate BA in Philosophy.)

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