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Written with all the power and conviction that made The Fountainhead a classic of American letters, Ayn Rand's Anthem is a hymn to man's independent spirit and to the highest word in the human language - "Ego." First written in 1937, Anthem was published in England, but was refused in publication in America, for reason which the reader might discover by reading it for himself. In 1946, it appeared as a pamphlet, issued by Pamphleteers, Inc., of Los Angeles. This is its first American publication in regular book form. Anthem tells the story of a man who rediscovers the individualism and his own "I" - in a world of absolute collectivization, a world where sightless, joyless, selfless men exist for the sake of serving the State; where their work, their food and their mating are prescribed to them by order of the Collective's rulers in the name of society's welfare - a world which has lost all the achievements of science and civilization, when it lost their root, the independent mind, and has reverted to primitive savagery - a world where language contains no singular pronouns, where the "We" has replaced the "I," and where men are put to death for the crime of discovering and speaking the "unspeakable word." The story tells of one man who rebelled, of his struggle and his victory. Assigned to the life work of street sweeper by the rulers who resented his brilliant, questioning, unsubmissive mind - he becomes a scientist, secretly, risking his life for the sake of his quest for knowledge. In the midst of collective stagnation, where men toil at manual labor by the light of candles - he discovers electricity. In the midst of eugenic planning and State-controlled Palaces of Mating - he discovers a personal love and a woman of his own choice. In the midst of brutal morality which proclaims that man is only a sacrificial animal to the needs of others - he discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness. He endures danger, denunciation, imprisonment, torture - but he breaks the chains of the Collective, he escapes with the woman he loves, to start a new life in an uncharted wilderness, and he reaches the day when he is able to predict that "my home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake." Anthem presents not merely a frightening projection of existing trends, but, more importantly, a positive answer to those trends and a weapon against them, a key to the world's moral crisis and to a new morality of individualism - a morality which, if accepted today, will save us from a future such as the one presented in this story.

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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: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. 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.

Synopsis:

This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy--and ethic of rational self-interest--that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. The fundamentals of this morality--"a philosophy for living on Earth"--are here vibrantly set forth by the spokesman for a new class, For the New Intellectual.

About the Author

Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Ms. Rands unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Objectivist Ethics, Ayn Rand (1961)

2. Mental Health versus Mysticism and Self-Sacrifice, Nathaniel Branden (1963)

3. The Ethics of Emergencies, Ayn Rand (1963)

4. The "Conflicts" of Men's Interests, Ayn Rand (1962)

5. Isn't Everyone Selfish?, Nathaniel Branden (1962)

6. The Psychology of Pleasure, Nathaniel Branden (1964)

7. Doesn't Life Require Compromise?, Ayn Rand (1962)

8. How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?, Ayn Rand (1962)

9. The Cult of Moral Grayness, Ayn Rand (1964)

10. Collectivized Ethics, Ayn Rand (1963)

11. The Monument Builders, Ayn Rand (1962)

12. Man's Rights, Ayn Rand (1963)

13. Collectivized "Rights", Ayn Rand (1963)

14. The Nature of Government, Ayn Rand (1963)

15. Government Financing in a Free Society, Ayn Rand (1964)

16. The Divine Right of Stagnation, Nathaniel Branden (1963)

17. Racism, Ayn Rand (1963)

18. Counterfeit Individualism, Nathaniel Branden (1962)

19. The Argument from Intimidation, Ayn Rand (1964)

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writermala, July 3, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
This is an intriguing book where the future appears to be the past. In a world where the individual gives in to the view of the collective one man dares to be different and think for himself in the face of all odds.

The difficult subject is handled exceedingly well by Ayn Rand as always. A wonderful book to reread often.
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AmyChen, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by AmyChen)
I liked this book. I'm not saying it was the best book in the world, but it really made me think about the future of our own society.
...Also, I'm obsessed with the game BioShock. So that probably made me like it more, considering that the second game is based off of Anthem.
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puckwrx, October 21, 2008 (view all comments by puckwrx)
Anthem is an excellent choice for the utopian/dystopian reader! In this short read, Rand analizes the idea of being ONE among so many. The imbedded idea in each person of being like so many, even exactly like everyone else holds true even today! Everyone having read, (or ready to read for the first time) Orwell's 1984 should read Anthem. We live in a world of fear. Fear of government, fear of question, and even fear of who each and everyone of us can be or should become... an individual! Beyond that, we catch a glimpse of the original work of Rand that eventually became the release in the US... which is pretty neat!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451191137
Introduction:
Peikoff, Leonard
Author:
Peikoff, Leonard
Introduction by:
Peikoff, Leonard
Introduction:
Peikoff, Leonard
Author:
Hessen, Robert
Author:
Rand, Ayn
Author:
Greenspan, Alan
Author:
Peikoff, Leonard
Author:
Branden, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Signet Book
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Individuality
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Modern
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 74
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 x 0.92 in 0.57 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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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: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. 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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This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy--and ethic of rational self-interest--that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. The fundamentals of this morality--"a philosophy for living on Earth"--are here vibrantly set forth by the spokesman for a new class, For the New Intellectual.
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