Top 10 Books on Objectivism

 

Objectivism is a philosophical concept which was developed by Russian-American writer Ayn Rand. Rand first expressed Objectivism in her fiction, most notably The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and later in non-fiction essays and books. It advocates the virtues of rational self-interest virtues such as independent thinking, productiveness, justice, honesty, and self-responsibility. It has a lot of meanings like, in cultural sense it refers to scientific advancement, industrial progress, romantic art, politically it advocates pure, laissez-faire capitalism along with the whole moral and philosophical structure and finally in a philosophical sense, Objectivism includes a view of the nature of reality, of man’s means of knowledge, of man’s nature and means of survival. Being a fascinating topic, it’s a common choice for many writers. There are a number of popular books which are set on Objectivism.

 

Atlas Shrugged

A very engaging murder mystery, a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and irresistible suspense. The novel presents an stunning panorama of human life from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction to the philosopher who becomes a pirate to the composer who gives up his career on the very night of his triumph to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels

Read it For:
The story makes you take a good hard look at yourself and your behaviour.
Don't Read it For:
The characters behaviours are hard to believe.
What makes this book stand out?:
Perfect read. It has a good and an engaging plot.

The Fountainhead

The story protagonist named Howard is an architect and a firm opposer of collectivism. It is his firm belief that only an individual's vision can be effective in producing genuine art. The story talks about his journey against tradition and his fight against the system. Dominique Francon, the heroine of the story is shown to emerge as a strong, independent woman as the story develops.

Read it For:
It’s a journey of a single person against an entire tradition and system to break free. There’s a strong personal view against collectivism, and the characters in the story make it more interesting and fascinating.
Don't Read it For:
The story is stretched unnecessary.
What makes this book stand out?:
Authors objective description of events and characters is simply superb, a very well written story.

Anthem

In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. all decisions are made by committee, the people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in Rand. Because of this, he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin

Read it For:
A story which revolves around the desire for freedom and makes the readers realize the true importance of equality and individual rights.
Don't Read it For:
Story gets dull and boring at various instances.
What makes this book stand out?:
A strong, delight to read a story which keeps you engaged until the end.

The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

It's a collection of nineteen essays which is an effective summary of Ayn Rand's philosophy, which holds the value of the individual over and above that of the state or any other "collective”. It’s one of the best novels on Objectivism.

Read it For:
It's well written and has good content.
Don't Read it For:
Exaggerated and long, and could have been shorter
What makes this book stand out?:
Perfectly explains the concept of objectivism and essence of it in life.
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We the Living

We The Living” is an illustration of the loneliness that seems the unavoidable consequence of any who possess an Objectivist viewpoint. Kira is a name of the central character, and it's her autobiography, but only in the sense that it speaks of the author's life philosophy. The characters and the plot are all fictional.

Read it For:
While reading you feel Kira's way of thinking is just how Ayn Rand thinks.
Don't Read it For:
The story unfolds slower than expected
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot fits the language and the behaviour of the characters, ends perfectly.

For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

This is the first book to read when exploring Ayn Rand. It emphasizes on the problem of morality and what is considered moral, and whether it should be.

Read it For:
the book is clear, tight, disciplined, beautifully structured, and brilliantly reasoned.
Don't Read it For:
Lot of unnecessary and irrelevant details which takes the reader's mind away from reading.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its style is clear and hard as crystal. A good experience for the readers.

Faith of the Fallen

The story talks about a character named Kahlan who lies close to death, while Richard Rahl, who distrusts prophecy more than anyone, is confronted by a compelling vision - one that bears a terrible price

Read it For:
The story basically revolves around these two characters. It also takes you on a journey into seeing exactly how something as small as doing something can be "for the good of all people.
Don't Read it For:
It's long and monotonous in between
What makes this book stand out?:
A story with good content character & plot development.

Ominous Parallels

The story demonstrates how far America has been detoured from its original path and led down the same road that Germany followed to Nazism.

Read it For:
It shows how philosophy plays a major role in shaping a nation.
Don't Read it For:
writing is sometimes muddy and hard to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
A very clearly written, easy to understand the story with good dialogue writing.

The Ayn Rand Cult

A interesting book filled with startling and disturbing claims about Ayn Rand. It puts forth the idea that the cult of Objectivism was based on Ayn Rand's quirks and dislikes with reality

Read it For:
A very detailed description of almost everything, and an engaging and fascinating story.
Don't Read it For:
It has slow and dull chapters in between.
What makes this book stand out?:
It has a smart and sensible plot, very often engaging to read

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