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.
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.
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!
Signet Book -
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.
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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