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By Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead, which turned some of the most influential and generally learn philosophical novels of the 20th century, made Ayn Rand well-known. An impassioned proponent of cause, rational self-interest, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, she expressed her specified perspectives in different works of fiction and non-fiction which were introduced jointly for the 1st time during this special volume.Containing excerpts from all her novels--including Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, and We The Living--The Ayn Rand Reader is an ideal advent should you have by no means learn Rand, and gives academics with a superb advisor to the fundamentals of her perspective.

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